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
در مورد ژنتيك و موتاسيون ها و نحوه ي كاركرد ژنها و جمع آوري اطلاعات آماري در پژوهش ها اطلاعات خيلي خوبي بدست ميده وخيلي ميتونه مفيد باشه . البته بايد اينم بگم بيشتر اين موارد بارها در كتابهاي ديگر تكرار شده اند و مطالب جديدي نيست ...more
اینکه با توضیح مزایا و معایب هر کدوم از عوامل نشون میداد جالب بود؛ اینکه داشتن یا نداشتن هر فاکتور شخصیتی میتونه در زمان ها و مکان های مختلف برای انسان مزیت رقابتی به حساب بیاد و تاثیرش انقدر واضح نیست که به مرور به واسطه تکامل و تغییر ژنتی ...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.
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
-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
This book is non-fiction but it can't go deeper, certainly cannot be categorized as science. It's well-written, thoughtful, but very misguided.
Just know that the author generalizes humanity with a sample size as few as 545 people and the method as simple as written response from the subjects. That is just not enough.
And though the author tries to fend off critics preemptively (how British of him) by acknowledging people adapt to different situations, the underlying belief till the very end is th ...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
Is it worth the reading? In a word, absolutely. Is it necessary reading? In a couple of words, most definitely. You are guaranteed an exciting journey of self-discovery and understanding ...more
In chapter "poets" he relates openness to schizophrenia and "artistry". He mention a test were the schizophrenia patients scores higher then the "normal". Interesting! Nice to take part of the writers own opinion/ ...more
However, this is a very interesting read with very useful information. It is definitely worth the effort if you are trying to surround yourself with the right circle of friends.