Brian Little: Who are you, really? The puzzle of personality
Brian Little - Personality researcher
Cambridge research professor Brian Little analyzes and redefines the threads of our personalities -- and suggests ways we can transform ourselves. Full bio
group of individuals you are ...
over the last couple of days
of your conversations
I would like to discuss today.
like to know who you are.
a few facts and stories,
a glimpse of yourself.
known as personality psychology,
from neurons to narratives.
be saying of yourself,
in the Western Hemisphere."
as a great, thundering twit."
and your inherent "twitiness"
really fascinated by you.
in personality science
which are normally distributed,
of difference between people.
lackadaisical approach to life.
to more introverted people.
decidedly not agreeable.
implications for our well-being,
are very good predictors of life success,
through being audacious
achieve it through sticking to deadlines,
having some passion.
are both conducive
I find intriguing.
give them a basic fact
with respect to their personality:
impossible for adults
to lick the outside of your own elbow.
who have not only tried,
licked the elbow
and it's intriguing,
what I call our three natures.
and social aspects of our lives.
individually you -- idiosyncratic --
extroverts is they need stimulation.
by finding things that are exciting:
and social events here at TED --
forming a magnetic core.
to spend time in the quiet spaces
to reduce stimulation --
as being antisocial,
that you do better
to lower that level of stimulation.
stimulant, from your body.
with extroverts than it does introverts.
at nine o'clock in the morning
they're engaged in --
of not being particularly quantitative.
that are really quite intriguing:
individuals engage in the conjugal act,
all the male extroverts,
extroverts and introverts.
punctuated by closeness.
for comfortable communication.
when they meet somebody.
and then "Chuck,"
a pass to be more intimate
concrete, simple language.
and I must again tell you
as you could possibly imagine --
I shared with a colleague
as two people can possibly be.
a person as you could find.
after three in the afternoon
a fellow called Michael.
the project to a crashing halt.
asked Tom and me,
what Tom said in a minute.
heard what I said,
a tendency at times
that some of us might see
than is normally called for."
like one, I call him one."
that we should be heedful of?
or your neuroticism.
Elizabethan features of your behavior,
better than just a bunch of traits?
a certain type of person.
people in pigeonholes.
belong in pigeonholes.
in our life -- the personal projects.
to the hospital,
but you act disagreeably
of administrative torpor
for your mom or your child.
a core project in our lives.
projects in your life?"
which is to profess.
about what's new, what's exciting,
to keep them going
that we don't take care of ourselves.
of pseudo-extroverted behavior,
the strange Canadian professor
of outrageous extroverts.
when I was retired to a cubicle,
in beside me -- not right in my cubicle,
during as well as after.
this gravelly voice saying,
to constipate an introvert for six months,
About the speaker:Brian Little - Personality researcher
Cambridge research professor Brian Little analyzes and redefines the threads of our personalities -- and suggests ways we can transform ourselves.
Why you should listen
Brian Little is an unapologetic introvert -- but in front of a classroom or a lecture hall, he delivers impassioned and witty explorations of contemporary personality psychology. In Little's view, we are as driven by spontaneous, "out of character" moments (and the projects we are passionate about) as we are by innate and learned traits.
Little's book Me, Myself and Us not only beautifully outlines Little's personality theories, but also imparts potentially life-changing advice for readers, while it warns of the hidden costs of hiding your true personality.
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