Me, Myself, and Us

Me, Myself, and Us

The Science of Personality and the Art of Well-being

Book - 2014
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"In the past few decades, personality psychology has made considerable progress in raising new questions about human nature--and providing some provocative answers. New scientific research has transformed old ideas about personality based on the theories of Freud, Jung, and the humanistic psychologies of the nineteen sixties, which gave rise to the simplistic categorizations of the Meyer-Briggs Inventory and the 'enneagream'. But the general public still knows little about the new science and what it reveals about who we are. In Me, Myself, and Us, Brian Little, one of the psychologists who helped re-shape the field, provides the first in-depth exploration of the new personality science and its provocative findings for general readers. The book explores questions that are rooted in the origins of human consciousness but are as commonplace as yesterday's breakfast conversation. Are our first impressions of other people's personalities usually fallacious? Are creative individuals essentially maladjusted? Are our personality traits, as William James put it "set like plaster" by the age of thirty? Is a belief that we are in control of our lives an unmitigated good? Do our singular personalities comprise one unified self or a confederacy of selves, and if the latter, which of our mini-me-s do we offer up in marriage or mergers? Are some individuals genetically hard-wired for happiness? Which is the more viable path toward human flourishing, the pursuit of happiness or the happiness of pursuit?"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : PublicAffairs, 2014
ISBN: 9781586489687
Branch Call Number: 155.2 Li
Description: xiv, 267 pages ; 24 cm


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Feb 25, 2016

Feb 25 2016....well, I've had this for a couple of weeks, started it but just not into it right now. Too much going on to devote the time, will get it again at a later date!

Oct 01, 2015

It has mostly all been said before, which is a bit disappointing.

Apr 05, 2015

I live in Ottawa but have never met Dr. Little. (It is a strange coincidence that he mentions a cat named Mr. Kippy. That is the name of my old, tiny dog!) Anyway, "Me, Myself, and Us" is intellectual yet down to earth. And, yes, you will find yourself chuckling from time to time. One note of criticism - the TIPI on pages 27-28 is too short to be meaningful. Dr. Little mentions a "more comprehensive" alternative.

Jan 29, 2015

This is an interesting, thought-provoking read. It is well organized, quite well written in a light, cheerful style and is peppered with humour.

Dr. Little tells us most of what a layman needs to know about personality psychology. He discusses how our lives and well-being are shaped by our personalities, including personal constructs, our fixed and free traits, our sense of agency or control and our responses to the situations and environments in which we find ourselves. One chapter is devoted to an analysis of creativity, its characteristics and how it is most likely formed. Another chapter explores personal projects, especially core projects that invest our lives with meaning and structure, and how they interconnect with our personalities.

The final chapter is a delightful summary that exhorts us to engage in a dance with ourselves.

I can recommend this book to anyone who wants to enhance their understanding of themselves or others in their lives. It provides insight and much food for thought.


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