Why You Are Who You Are
- Investigations into Human Personality
- Narrated by: Mark Leary
- Length: 12 hrs and 52 mins
- Release date: 02-02-18
- Language: English
- Publisher: The Great Courses
Drawing on information gleaned from psychology, neuroscience, and genetics, Professor Leary opens the door to understanding how personality works and why. Throughout his illuminating lectures, five important personality traits come into focus, traits that form the foundation of how psychologists approach the topic of personality: extraversion, neuroticism, agreeableness, conscientiousness, and openness.
Combining psychology with neuroscience and behavioral genetics, this exploration will open your eyes to the myriad ways our traits, motives, emotions, beliefs, and values are shaped by things like our genes, environment, experiences, and evolutionary history. Why is it so hard to change our behavior? Why do people develop different values and morals? Does personality change as we age? Is personality passed down through genes?
Designed as a fascinating, accessible scientific inquiry, these lectures will have you thinking about personality in a way that enriches your understanding of the complex psychological processes that make you who you are.
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By Alice ciccone on 02-05-18
A serie of very interesting lectures
Interesting insights into people behavior. This is a collection of kind of separate lectures. Only in the end of it there is a link between the different things one learn. It is a bit hard to remember and one should listen multiple times.
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By Dan on 30-03-18
Highly informative - thought provoking insights
Dr. Leary outlines scholarly approaches to human personality in an easy to engage with manner. What could be more complex than human behavior, and yet he offers the foundation concepts in ways that I could understand without any real background in modern psychology. When I consider courses like this I often have a couple of concerns: 1) will the material be too watered down i.e., lack the intellectual substance to be useful, or 2) will the lecturer get into too much detail about their favorite studies, or use too much lab jargon and acronyms at the expense of clear insights. This course has plenty of substance, just the right amount of study summaries to sustain credibility, and the jargon is well explained but not over explained. Finally, the material is presented in a way that I could retain most of the concepts. I have already shared a number of insights with friends and family. I highly recommend this course to anyone interested in investigating the dynamics of personality, or looking for more insight into their own behavior.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
By Hendrick Mcdonald on 07-03-18
One of the better Psych series
This is one of the better psychology oriented THC courses I’ve heard. The speaker grows they the big five trainers and then goes thru how those trainers display themselves in different social settings: leadership, attachment, authority, etc. The lecture on personality disorders was also particularly interesting.
17 of 18 people found this review helpful