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Author: Brian Little Narrator: Brian Little Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2017 ISBN: 9781508224167
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This fun, smart read for anyone eager to better understand (and improve) themselves argues that personality is driven not by nature nor nurture—but instead by the projects we pursue, which ultimately shape the people we become.

Traditionally, scientists have emphasized what they call the first and second natures of personality—genes and culture, respectively. But today the field of personality science has moved well beyond the nature vs. nurture debate. In Third Natures, Dr. Brian Little presents a distinctive view of how personality shapes our lives—and why this matters. Little makes the case for a third nature to the human condition—the pursuit of personal projects, idealistic dreams, and creative ventures that shape both people’s lives and their personalities. Little uncovers what personality science has been discovering about the role of personal projects, revealing how this new concept can help people better understand themselves and shape their lives.

In this important work, Little argues that it is essential to devote energy and resources to creative endeavors in a highly focused fashion, even if it takes away from other components of our well-being. This does not mean that we cannot shift from one core project to another in the days of our lives. In fact, it is precisely that ability to flexibly craft projects that is the greatest source of sustainability. Like learning to walk, forcing ourselves out of balance as we step is the only way in which we can move forward. And it is the only way that human flourishing can be enhanced.

The well-lived life is based on the sustainable pursuit of core projects in our lives. Ultimately, Third Natures provides a deeply personal itinerary for exploring our personalities, our lives, and the human condition. Download and start listening now!


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  • “A chatty book based on scientific research shows how personal choice can inform as much of our personality—and destiny—as genetics and environment…The author provides a way of articulating the variety of projects through which we determine the courses of our lives…Little gives readers a sense of how they can make significant changes in their lives.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Author and narrator Brian R. Little sheds light on how our personal goals and projects are not simply a reflection of ourselves—they can actually shape who we become…His occasional chuckles as he describes various personalities add a lightness and humility that allow us to take an honest look at ourselves and our natural tendencies. Little’s overall gravitas lends credibility to his clear explanations, while his encouraging tone and advice illuminate how the pursuit of core projects helps us flourish. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”


  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award

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About the Author

Dr. Brian Little is an internationally acclaimed scholar and speaker in the field of personality and motivational psychology. He is a fellow of the Well-Being Institute and director of the Social Ecology Research Group in the department of psychology at Cambridge University. Previously, he taught at McGill, Oxford, and Harvard Universities. Dividing his time between Canada and the UK, he is also a distinguished research professor emeritus at Carleton University in Ottawa, and he lectures worldwide on personality, motivation, and well-being.