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


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.

Why The Science of Trait Psychology May Just Predict Everything In Your Life w Dr. Brian R. Little


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.


The puzzle of motivation | Dan Pink

Career analyst Dan Pink examines the puzzle of motivation, starting with a fact that social scientists know but most managers don't: Traditional rewards aren't always as effective as we think. Listen for illuminating stories -- and maybe, a way forward.

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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.

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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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The Big Five Personality Traits

The theory of the Big Five Personality Traits, claims that we can describe ourselves with five main characteristics: Openness, Conscientiousness, Extraversion, Agreeableness, Neuroticism.
Each of us varies in how much of each trait is shown in our personality.
In order to understand what each trait really means, let’s look at these five characters who stranded on an island in the middle of the ocean.

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Brian Little - Award Winning Psychology Professor

Rated as one of the favorite lecturers at Harvard University three years running, Dr. Brian Little is an expert in personality differences, group dynamics and project management. In his presentations, he takes the audience on a fascinating tour of the physiological differences determining personality and explores the impact on our daily business lives, showing what makes some people clash, while others work in productive harmony. Dr. Little uses thought-provoking questions to help attendees identify their communication styles and gain new insights and understanding of their customers, staff and colleagues, their loved ones and themselves. One of the funniest speakers on the planet, and accurately described by one client as a cross between Robin Williams and Einstein, Dr. Brian Little is also one of the most respected.

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The Ambivert Personality Explained | BetterHelp

If you or someone you know is dealing with a challenging situation and could benefit from additional support, consider talking to one of the 2,000 licensed online counselors at BetterHelp.

If you’ve taken the Myer’s Briggs Personality Inventory you know the terms “introvert” and “extrovert.” An introvert typically enjoys being by themselves rather than socializing with others. They work better alone rather than on a team and prefer solitary activities such as writing or reading. Introverts dislike small talk and prefer deep intimate conversations.

Extroverts are different from introverts and love talking with others. They gain energy from being around other people. They like working with a group of people and feel stimulated when they interact with other human beings. Extroverts are the life of the party and can appear charismatic or funny. They get bored being alone and seek out the company of others.

An ambivert is a combination of an introvert and an extrovert. Introversion and extroversion are two polar extremes. An introvert is more likely to be solitary and may cope with social anxiety while an extrovert thrives off talking to people. An ambivert is a healthy mixture of these two personality types. This individual may prefer to have deep, meaningful conversations with others, but they don’t despise chatting with their neighbor about how their day is going. An ambivert may occasionally enjoy attending large social gatherings and other times prefer to stay in and snuggle with their cat.

Research shows that people are more often ambiverts than straight introverts or extroverts. How about you? Do you feel more comfortable by yourself or do you find that you seek out the company of others? Perhaps it’s a combination of both. It’s enlightening to find out which personality type you have and discuss this in therapy. It can help you gain emotional insight into how you relate to others.

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10 Signs You’re an Ambivert

These are the signs you’re an ambivert, instead of the typical framework of introvert vs extrovert. You see, an ambivert is a term used for people who don’t fall into either category precisely. The signs of an ambivert are simple, but can be tricky to pick up on. Learn more below!

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Robert Hogan on Personality Psychology, the Bright Side, and the Dark Side

Robert Hogan discusses a brief history of personality psychology, along with overviews of bright- and dark-side personality.

Introduction to Personality Psychology

• Definition of personality psychology
• How it differs from social psychology
• Critical questions of personality psychology and the future of the field

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The Personality ILLUSION: The TRUTH Abut Who You Are REVEALED

Once The Personality ILLUSION is becomes so much more enjoyable. This video I'll show you the TRUTH about Who You Really Are. In order to SHIFT must first get to your core essence.

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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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Dan Pink: The puzzling secret to motivation (Key Points Talk)

In this key points talk we take a look at Dan Pink's TED Talk from 2009 in which he discusses the unintuitive nature of Motivation.

Studies have found that incentives (money) can help people to very simple tasks, but the moment a task requires even a little bit of creativity, incentives can reduce performance.

Dan goes on to explain that Autonomy, Mastery and Purpose are the most important points to engaging people in their work. They need to have the autonomy to be able to work on their tasks without someone micromanaging their methods. They need to have a sense of improvement in their skill as they do their work. Last, they need to feel that the work they are doing serves some bigger, more meaningful purpose than just getting them a paycheck

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Career analyst Dan Pink examines the puzzle of motivation, starting with a fact that social scientists know but most managers don't: Traditional rewards aren't always as effective as we think. Listen for illuminating stories -- and maybe, a way forward.

The Biological Basis of Personality: Dr T Tina Thomas at TEDxCitadelPark

Dr T Tina Thomas believes she has cracked the code of personality, and explains her biological basis of personality in a simple and entertaining way. With this information, you will understand yourself better, finally understand what makes others different from you, and how to use this information to improve communication and relationships. Dr. T holds a PhD in Bio-Psychology, and is a Registered Nurse and a Board-Certified Social Worker.

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Real Talk: Mapping our Identities Through Personal Narrative | Diana Moreno | TEDxUF

Diana's 'real-talk' breaks down difficult conversations that facilitate unity and diversity among college students. Ms. Moreno simplifies a few easy steps in breaking down barriers to encourage identity mapping.

Diana Moreno was born in Quito, Ecuador and moved to Florida with her family in 1999. Her immigrant experience has shaped her academic and professional interests. She received her B.A. in Political Science from the University of Florida in 2011 where she developed her passion for human rights through her involvement in Student/Farmworker Alliance. After working as a labor organizer and human rights monitor, she returned to the University of Florida and earned her Master’s in Latin American Studies in 2016. She now serves as the Assistant Director of Multicultural and Diversity Affairs and the advisor for the Gatorship Leadership and Social Justice retreat. She’s passionate creating an inclusive campus environment that represents and empowers historically underrepresented students. In her spare time Diana loves to teach Zumba, listen to podcasts, and read books written by LGBTQ and/or people of color.

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The Science of Personality

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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