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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Brian R. Little, Brian R. Little, Ph.D. Narrator: Patrick Lawlor Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2014 ISBN: 9781491551783
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In the past few decades, personality psychology has made considerable progress in raising new questions about human nature—and providing some provocative answers. New scientific research has transformed old ideas about personality based on the theories of Freud, Jung, and the humanistic psychologies of the nineteen sixties, which gave rise to the simplistic categorizations of the Meyer-Briggs Inventory and the "enneagream." But the general public still knows little about the new science and what it reveals about who we are.

In Me, Myself, and Us, Brian Little, Ph.D., one of the psychologists who helped re-shape the field, provides the first in-depth exploration of the new personality science and its provocative findings for general readers. The book explores questions that are rooted in the origins of human consciousness but are as commonplace as yesterday's breakfast conversation. Are our first impressions of other people's personalities usually fallacious? Are creative individuals essentially maladjusted? Are our personality traits, as William James put it, "set like plaster" by the age of thirty? Is a belief that we are in control of our lives an unmitigated good? Do our singular personalities comprise one unified self or a confederacy of selves, and if the latter, which of our mini-mes do we offer up in marriage or mergers? Are some individuals genetically hard-wired for happiness? Which is the more viable path toward human flourishing, the pursuit of happiness or the happiness of pursuit?

Little provides a resource for answering such questions, and a framework through which readers can explore the personal implications of the new science of personality. Questionnaires and interactive assessments throughout the book facilitate self-exploration, and clarify some of the stranger aspects of our own conduct and that of others. Brian Little helps us see ourselves, and other selves, as somewhat less perplexing and definitely more intriguing.

This is not a self-help book, but students at Harvard who took the lecture course on which it is based claim that it changed their lives.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Brian Little is one of the wisest, funniest, kindest, and most erudite people I have ever met, and in this book you’ll be treated to a generous helping of all these personality traits. A monumentally important book for anyone who wants to understand their colleagues, their loved ones—and their very own selves.”

    Susan Cain, New York Times bestselling author of Quiet

  • "Me, Myself, and Us is a masterpiece. With extraordinary wit and wisdom, distinguished psychologist Brian Little offers startling insights about our trivial pursuits and magnificent obsessions. It should come with a warning label: this book will fundamentally change the way you see yourself and everyone you know.”

    Adam Grant, Wharton professor and New York Times bestselling author of Give and Take

  • "Me, Myself, and Us is a truly gripping look at questions at the heart of the human experience. Why do we do what we do? How does our environment shape our nature and our nature our environment? Are some people just innately happier than other? In crisp and lucid prose, one of the giants in the field of personality science tackles these questions and many more. I defy you to read this book and not change the way you think about your friends, your family, and yourself.”

    Daniel H. Pink, New York Times bestselling author of Drive

  • “Many older Americans grew up in an era when the theories of Freud and Jung dominated the psychology scene. In the past several decades, those systems and those of humanistic psychology have been superseded, but most of us have only a fragmentary notion of the exciting new frontiers of the science of personality. Cambridge University Brian Little has been at forefront of these new revolutions and mercifully also possesses a rare gift for communication. His Me, Myself, and Us tells us what we now know about me, you, and us. Editor’s recommendation.”

    Barnes&Noble.com, editorial review

  • “A researcher who is both a scholar and an experienced motivational speaker makes the subject of personality psychology come to life…Entertaining, enlightening, and refreshingly light on psychobabble.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Insightful, clever, and practical. Professor Little is a genius, making personality psychology not only relevant but essential knowledge in the modern world. This book is one ‘aha’ moment after another, each rocking your world and upending the way you think about your coworkers, your relationships, and your life.”

    Shawn Achor, author of The Happiness Advantage and CEO of GoodThink

  • “Patrick Lawlor brings a strong energy and a slightly raspy voice to the production, which makes Little’s prose even more interesting. Lawlor does well explaining the intricacies of different theories, and he captures the anecdotes that are interspersed in the text to further illustrate Little’s points. In total, the audiobook provides a strong understanding of personality that is useful for personal and professional growth, made all the more engaging through Lawlor’s performance.”

    AudioFile

  • A Barnes & Noble Editor’s Recommendation
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About the Author

Dr. Brian R. Little is an internationally acclaimed scholar and speaker in the field of personality and motivational psychology. Professor Little is currently at Cambridge University where he is a Distinguished Scholar and Director of the Social Ecology Research Group and a Distinguished Associate of the world renowned Cambridge Psychometrics Centre. Brian is also a Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada and has previously taught at McGill, Oxford, and Harvard Universities. He was elected a “favorite professor” by the graduating classes of Harvard for three consecutive years. Professor Little’s extensive research in personality psychology has been recognized with major awards, and he has published extensively in the fields of personality psychology and human development. He received his PhD from the University of California at Berkeley, and now lives in Cambridge, England and Ottawa, Canada.

About the Narrator

Patrick Lawlor, an award-winning narrator, is also an accomplished stage actor, director, and combat choreographer. He has worked extensively off Broadway and has been an actor and stuntman in both film and television. He has been an Audie Award finalist multiple times and has garnered several AudioFile Earphones Awards, a Publishers Weekly Listen-Up Award, and many Library Journal and Kirkus starred audio reviews.