Personality: What Makes You the Way You Are
Written by Daniel Nettle--author of the popular book Happiness--this brief volume takes the reader on an exhilarating tour of what modern science can tell us about human personali ...more
I did find the five "dimensions" of personality to be interesting:
Extraversion (outgoing vs. quiet), Neuroticism (prone to worry & stress vs. being "emotionally stable"), Conscientiousness (organized & self-directed vs. spontaneous & careless), Agreeableness (trusting & empathetic vs. uncooperative & ho ...more
I also like the way the author makes sure to consider personality traits from the perspective of natural selection.
-foxen are just friends you haven't met yet--NOT potential meals.
-thanks to a long family history of close contact with mental facilities/psychiatric services, my quasi-hallucinations and perceptual disturbances are just signs of high openness and not genetic schizophrenia.
-long lives the Queen of England.
-extraverts and optimists die sooner than those flakey, self-serving, anti-social cynics.
-I am basically the reincarnation of Allen Ginsberg. ("But he died AFTER you wer ...more
Besides sketching each of these personality dimensions, giving examples from correspondence he has kept from some of his clients who strongly fit the profiles, and making evolutionary psychology arguments about why these traits should have arisen, Nettle also deals with the whole nature-nurture issue and the question of w ...more
Favorite line from book was approximately: If you lie awake worrying at night, it's because you come from a long line of people who lie awake worrying at night.
Explained to me why most of the things I worry about don't come to pass. Our systems for processing ne ...more
Big Five Personality Traits:
(easily recalled as O-C-E-A-N)
my key take away is to further appreciate the different traits that make up each individual, and that NO SINGLE trait is considered more superior, but to consider them as a consequence of contextual force. and how the ...more
The first chapter establishes how personality models like the Big Five are generated. Unlike models with less construct validity, these models do not start with a schema and then put people into it. Instead, these models start by asking behavioral questions and then looking for clusters of ...more
Nettle is a great mind in modern psychology. While many psychologist don't understand the gene/environment interaction Nettle has a great understanding of it. This book is an informative read and will explain to you how people have different personalities and how scientists can look into the human soul. Nettle explains that parents cannot influence their child ...more
- A man is sum total of 7 people he interacts with.
- That's why you should choose your friends wisely.
2. Your personality shaped in your childhood and it determines how you live your life.
I call it bullshit. Reason? Personal experience.
3. Darwinism is the mother of Power.
4. The Big 5 Personality traits.
a) Extraversion- Positive emotions.
b) Neuroticism- They worry too much. Moms in general.
c) Conscientiousn ...more
"The reasons for relapse are not pleasure-seeking or even craving so much as the inability of inhibitory mechanisms to stop the habit once formed (page 139)."
"He must spray his sinuses, take two aspirin, straighten up the apartment, do thirty-five sit-ups and read two pages of the dictionary. The sheets must be of just the right crispness and temperature and the room must be noiseless ...more
According to Daneil Nettle, a British academic psychologist, our personalities can be usefully described using numerical scores for 5 different factors. These 5 factors have a large heritable component, about 50% of one's personality can be explained through heridity. Self-reported scores (calculated by filling out a questioner and totalling up the scores) are consistent over time and are also consistent with how other people see the subject. Furthermore, with brain imaging technology it is now...more
His style is ...more
Before this I'd only really read about personality 'types' (e.g. the Myers Briggs Type Indicator). Nettle thinks that types are not biologically plausible - personality is actually made up of (at least) five traits, each of which probably ...more
I found this book while looking for a general presentation of the "big five personality factor" or OCEAN theory of personality, which is what this is. I was very sceptical about the theory on the basis of what I'd heard and read about it.
I found Nettle's account pretty persuasive as well as being at once readable and yet not dumbed down.
My only criticism would be that I wanted more. But that's my high-impulsiveness/low-conscientiousness personality at work. I should know when I've had enough, an ...more