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Who are you, really? The puzzle of personality | Brian Little

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Who are you, really? The puzzle of personality | Brian Little

What makes you, you? Psychologists like to talk about our traits, or defined characteristics that make us who we are. But Brian Little is more interested in moments when we transcend those traits — sometimes because our culture demands it of us, and sometimes because we demand it of ourselves. Join Little as he dissects the surprising differences between introverts and extroverts and explains why your personality may be more malleable than you think.

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Brian R. Little: Being Oneself

Each of us is unlike anybody else, but none of us is completely unique. Psychologist Brian R. Little has mined the field of personality science and helped re-shape the old way of thinking about character types. He discusses his findings with Steve Paikin.
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Discover the Red Thread in Brian Little's TED Talk, Who Are You Really? - EP005

This week, Tamsen Webster finds the Red Thread in a TED talk by Brian Little: “Who Are You Really? The Puzzle of Personality.” The presence of the Red Thread is often the difference between a good talk and a great one.

Watch the video for yourself first, and see if you can pick out the first four elements: the goal, the problem, the idea, and the change. Little doesn’t get into step five, the action, but that’s because he’s so focused on laying out a compelling case for a big idea and a surprising path to change.

See if you can pick out the elements for yourself, and then you can compare how Tamsen breaks it down to learn how to make the Red Thread work for you.

Get more tips and tricks on finding the Red Thread at tamsenwebster.com.
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Why The Science of Trait Psychology May Just Predict Everything In Your Life w Dr. Brian R. Little

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In this episode we go deep on the science of personality. We look at how we’ve moved way beyond the debate of nature vs nurture, we look at the “Myth of Authenticity and the danger of “just being yourself,” we examine why human wellbeing (aka success) depends on the sustainable pursuit of core projects in our lives, explore the complex dance of self improvement between the limitation of biological, social factors and the identity of individuals, and look at how much agency and control we really have in shaping our personalities and lives among all of these different factors with our guest Dr. Brian Little.

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How Are We Unique? A Study of Personalities | Dr Brian Little | CDI 2016

¿Qué es lo que nos hace tan singulares? A partir de una breve explicación sobre las teorías de la personalidad y los tres aspectos de la naturaleza humana, Little expone las diferencias entre los individuos introvertidos y los extrovertidos y concluye diciendo: no eres un conjunto de características. Eres los proyectos personales que consideras importantes”.

What makes us so singular? Through a brief explanation of personality theories and the three aspects of human nature, Little exhibits the differences between extroverted and introverted individuals, and then concludes by saying “you are not a set of features. You are the personal projects you consider to be important.”

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The Personality ILLUSION: The TRUTH Abut Who You Are REVEALED

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Your personality is not what you think it is. In this video, I'm going to be showing you the truth about this, what you can best do to change your reality and how to get to the deeper core of who you really are.

Welcome back to another video. My name is Aaron and I help people expand their consciousness. Now in this video I'm going to be showing you that of what is called the personality illusion, understanding the truth about who you really are at a deeper level and understanding how you can let go of these facets of yourself that you may no longer prefer to experience and showing you who you really are in reality.

Now for this, the way that I think about this as first off what I do is I like to look at the word itself. The word itself. Personality, personality has that of a word in it. As persona, persona means mask has to do with a mask and we all have these masks. We have these masks that we've worn for such a long time and they feel so comfortable to where we put them on.

And many times we put them on when we were younger and we decided that this is who we are in order to survive. In reality, like the the, sometimes we may have a, a, a certain sense of humor, which we may have because it may be actually a safety mechanism, but we're not even aware of it, right? This is just who I am.

We may have a certain, like a certain sense of laziness and a certain sense of laziness is also not who we really are, but we may have it there as a safety mechanism because of something else. You see, the way that we identify ourself in the present moment determines which reality we experienced.

We always experience a reality that is equal to our vibration and our vibration within our personality. We're always gonna stick to a certain base point, a certain base point for the way that we see ourselves. And here's the interesting thing. The way that we see ourself. We go out into reality and we act a certain way and people perceive of us the way that we perceive of ourselves.

This is why sometimes people may have a certain insecurity and if they have that insecurity, they projected out and other people can feel it. And then other people may subconsciously feel that and then think the same way about that person. So the way that we see ourselves as intimately correlated and intimately reflected out, and other people respond to that. So if we don't view ourselves as worthy, other people may also find little kinks in our armor, and our armor is there as a safety mechanism.

Our armor is there because it may hold people back from really knowing the real us. So personality in general, any, you've heard that quote saying before that I've said from Dr Joe Dispenza, our personality creates our personal reality, our personality, which is a combination of what we think, how we feel and what we do. That personality creates our personal reality, which is very true. But the thing that I want to share with you is that your personality, everyone's personality is an illusion.

It is a coverup to who we really are. We are really divine spiritual beings that are in dreaming. We are these 3d physical avatar bodies and what we do is from an early age, we care what people think of us. We care if people perceive us as a little bit weird. We care if people view us as um, confident and not confident.

We care how people think of us and we grow up being socially conditioned to think what is everyone else thinking about us. And sometimes what we do is we decided a certain point in our life, this is how I have to be in order to be a certain way. And the moment we make that choice that there's a dysfunction for the base of my fingers for some reason, the moment we make that choice, that's who we are is the moment that then we stay.

We'll do everything we can to stay consistent to that way that we see ourselves. We'll do everything in our power to do that. This is the way I am. I figured this out the hard way. It wasn't that hard, but I went to a, I went to this place that goes to, I did this transformational breathwork, no idea what to expect. I'm actually in La Right now and I did it recently too.....

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Do you really know why you do what you do? | Petter Johansson

Experimental psychologist Petter Johansson researches choice blindness -- a phenomenon where we convince ourselves that we're getting what we want, even when we're not. In an eye-opening talk, he shares experiments (designed in collaboration with magicians!) that aim to answer the question: Why do we do what we do? The findings have big implications for the nature of self-knowledge and how we react in the face of manipulation. You may not know yourself as well as you think you do.

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Dr. Brian Little | CDI 2016.

¿Qué es lo que nos hace tan singulares? A partir de una breve explicación sobre las teorías de la personalidad y los tres aspectos de la naturaleza humana, Little expone las diferencias entre los individuos introvertidos y los extrovertidos y concluye diciendo: no eres un conjunto de características. Eres los proyectos personales que consideras importantes”.



What makes us so singular? Through a brief explanation of personality theories and the three aspects of human nature, Little exhibits the differences between outgoing and introvert people, and he concludes by saying “you are not a set of features. You are the personal projects you consider to be important.”

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This ancient rock is changing our theory on the origin of life | Tara Djokic

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Exactly when and where did life on Earth begin? Scientists have long thought that it emerged three billion years ago in the ocean -- until astrobiologist Tara Djokic and her team made an unexpected discovery in the western Australian desert. Learn how an ancient rock found near a hot volcanic pool is shifting our understanding of the origin-of-life puzzle.

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What “Machiavellian” really means - Pazit Cahlon and Alex Gendler

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From Shakespeare’s plays to modern TV dramas, the unscrupulous schemer for whom the ends always justify the means has become a familiar character type we love to hate. For centuries, we’ve had a single word to describe such characters: Machiavellian. But is it possible that we’ve been using that word wrong this whole time? Pazit Cahlon and Alex Gendler investigate the origins of the term.

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Are you a giver or a taker? | Adam Grant

In every workplace, there are three basic kinds of people: givers, takers and matchers. Organizational psychologist Adam Grant breaks down these personalities and offers simple strategies to promote a culture of generosity and keep self-serving employees from taking more than their share.

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A Life Extraordinary - Dr Brian Little

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YOW! 2016 Dr. Brian Little - Personalities at Work #YOW

Why did the normally shy and reticent member of my team do what he did last Thursday? Why did my short-tempered, brutish CEO rise to that occasion with such warmth and largesse? For the last ten months, people have been asking me if I am myself. Who else could I possibly be? Such questions are intriguing and consequential for understanding ourselves and our organizations.

This presentation provides guidance for answering them based on Dr. Little’s work on free traits, personal projects and wellbeing. A central tenet of this perspective is that people often act out of character in order to advance their personal projects. Such behaviour may puzzle us, and we wonder what is going on. What is going on is both complex and deeply human. Audiences come away with some very practical examples of how they drive each other to distraction and with a clearer understanding of why it is essential to their organizations that they continue to do so.

The presentation merges psychological insights with an exceptionally motivating message about respect for differences between individuals. Dr. Little’s presentations have been described by highly diverse groups as ‘utterly hilarious’ and ‘profoundly moving,’ suggesting he is a ‘cross between Robin Williams and Einstein.’

Dr. Brian Little is an internationally acclaimed scholar and speaker in the field of personality and motivational psychology. His pioneering research on how everyday personal projects and ‘free traits’ influence the course of our lives has become an important way of explaining and enhancing human flourishing.

Brian received his early education in British Columbia and his PhD in Psychology from the University of California at Berkeley. Currently dividing his time between Canada and the UK, Dr. Little teaches at the University of Cambridge in the Department of Psychology and Judge Business School, and is a fellow of the Well-Being Institute. In 2015, he was also a Senior Fellow at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and is Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada.

Previously, Professor Little has taught at Oxford, Harvard and McGill Universities. His course on personality in Harvard’s Department of Psychology was immensely popular: the graduating classes of Harvard elected him as a ‘Favorite Professor’ for three consecutive years.

In his presentations, Dr. Little helps organizations and professionals understand the profound effect that personality has on performance, and how to use this knowledge to their advantage.

Brian’s unique approach to the science of personality is the focus of his book, Me, Myself and Us which was published in October 2014 by Public Affairs Books in the USA and HarperCollins in Canada and is being translated into multiple languages.

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21 Things in the US That Puzzle Most Foreigners

When you live in a country for many years, everything looks ordinary and familiar. But an outsider will always spot some curious quirks in your customs and behaviors that make them think, “What’s going on here?” Life in the US can puzzle newcomers in many ways, from buying foods and magazines in a pharmacy to deep-frying almost anything you can think of.

For example, if you’re not from the US, it may be puzzling to walk into a pharmacy and see aisles and aisles of over-the-counter meds, toys, makeup, clothes, and even groceries! In America, if a restaurant doesn’t offer free refills on fountain drinks, it’s kind of strange. But in other countries, once you buy one beverage, that’s it! And Americans speak so loud compared to other countries. Whether it’s talking on your cell phone or chatting with a friend over lunch, Americans seem to really like projecting their voice.

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Sales tax is a guessing game 0:27
It’s not a party without red Solo cups 1:29
Deep-fried everything! 1:55
Fill ‘er up! 2:52
If you don’t like it, return it! 3:18
Tips for everyone! 3:45
The land of ice-cold drinks 4:48
Looking at dollars is a snooze-fest 5:41
The date-writing conundrum 6:40
Pre-baby baby showers 7:03
Where “How are you?” means “Hello!” 7:23
Bathroom stalls that aren’t so private 7:46
No one uses their “inside voice” 8:14
Hopping into the backseat of a cab 8:55
That classic American smile 9:10

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- When you go shopping in the US and see a price tag says $14.88, don’t expect to pay 14.88 at the register! Sales tax is NOT included in the price of an item!
- A lot of Americans don’t feel the need to take long vacations, so they often let vacation and sick hours pile up without ever using them. Plus, most employers only give you 2 weeks out of the year!
- In the States, this red plastic cup is synonymous with “party on, dude!” But other countries apparently don’t recognize this cup to mean the same thing.
- Whether it’s an ugly sweater from Grandma or a heinous pair of earrings from an ex, if you don’t like it, you can just return it!
- Cab drivers, servers, hairdressers – you gotta tip ‘em! Tips are acceptable for almost any service in the US and sometimes consist of 25% of the bill!
- Speaking of drinks, if it’s not a hot coffee or cocoa, then it’s probably got ice in it. Tea, coffee, lemonade, soda, water – Americans like it on the rocks!
- Americans must have an aversion to being hot! In many parts of Europe, people simply don’t use air conditioning as much as they do in the States.
- So many visitors to the US get really confused by the month-day-year thing because most parts of the world write the day, then the month, and finally the year.
- Walk into any grocery store aisle, and you’ll notice at least 10 different options for cookies, crackers, or cereal.
- When getting into a cab, it’s customary in the States to scoot on into the back seat. But in countries like New Zealand and Australia, riding anywhere but shotgun can be a little rude.

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Myers Briggs Personality Types Explained - Which One Are You?

The concept of personality is something that has always fascinated the psychology community. What makes us who we are? Why do some people behave and act in certain ways? How is our personality different from the people around us? In a previous video, we talked about the Myers-Briggs test. If you haven’t already watched this video, you can check it out after watching this one. But in this video, we’ll take a closer look at the Myers-Briggs test - a method of sorting and categorizing different personalities.

What is your Myers Briggs Personality Type


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10 Signs You Have a Strong, Intimidating Personality

Not to be confused with narcissism or sociopathy, a person with a strong personality is someone who is confident in themselves, have strong self esteem, and is perhaps, a little intimidating. Even though we are all building on having a stronger personality or a strong self esteem, there are traits that we may already have that makes us strong. Do you relate to some of these traits or know someone who does?

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The Power of Revealing Who You Are | Lyonzo Vargas | TEDxRoseTree

Why is self-expression important?

In a world where we’re defined by who we’re not, Lyonzo reveals the power of aligning yourself with the abundance of authenticity. In this engaging presentation Lyonzo shares key secrets for you to discover Identity, voice, and self-expression. Lyonzo does this by taking us through a personal quest to discover his true self and built a world where others have done the same.

Have you ever wondered why is self-expression important? Self Expression, allows us to distinguish ourselves from others, to reflect their own beliefs and needs, and validate their own self-concepts. Self-expression is an expression of your personality, feelings, or opinions, for example through an artistic activity such as drawing, dancing, and singing. The conflict between self-expression and the pressure to conform and it usually goes the way Lyonzo shared through his personal story in this video. After watching the video, the question now becomes what does self expression mean to you?

We all have a unique voice and identity knowing that you are enough is the key to self actualization. The question then becomes how do I find my voice? How do I find my identity? Is our identity chosen or do we choose our identity? Are you born with an identity?

When you’re done hearing this talk go out there and bring your self expression to life by going out this week and wear an outfit you feel represents who you are inside, pick up an old instrument, Speak to new people and speak those ideas you’re keeping inside because you feel no one will get. Write a poem or journal and share it with someone, go out and dance, bake, try something new and allow yourself to fully be in that create and expression and if you see someone who’s actively pursuing their self-expression support it, give them positive energy and encouragement and allow them to be who they are as well.

It's funny in the digital age we are more connected that we’ve ever been, yet we are facing this epidemic of the feelings of alienation, loneliness, marginalized, the pressure to conform, feeling inadequate, feeling misunderstood, and socially excluded. These feelings lead to depression, anxiety, paranoia, fatigue, lack of motivation, and amplify negative self-esteem.

Let's allow ourselves to speak to move to build these organic connections, which will allow us to tap into a higher vibration. That way we can connect not only to ourselves but others around us and create the world we want to live in.

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The lies our culture tells us about what matters --- and a better way to live | David Brooks Lyonzo is a social entrepreneur, community architect, urban wellness advocate and urban maestro on an unstoppable mission.

Lyonzo currently resides in Philadelphia, having entered the world in the melting pot of the Bronx, NY. Living in a culture filled with people suffering from stress and anxiety due to poor mental, spiritual, physical and emotional diet, motivated Lyonzo and his two co-founders created an entertainment and wellness company called Glbl Vllg (Global Village).

Lyonzo dedicates his life to people from all walks of life, focusing primarily on millennials, encouraging wellness through interactive entertainment. He is creating this new social form of community connection through the rapidly growing The VLLG JAM (Philly). Check it out! This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

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