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Me, Myself, and Us: The Science of Personality and the Art of Well-Being MP3 CD – Audiobook, MP3 Audio, Unabridged

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“Insightful”—New York Times Book Review

“A researcher who is both a scholar and an experienced motivational speaker makes the subject of personality psychology come to life… Entertaining, enlightening and refreshingly light on psychobabble.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Humorous and wise” —Acadiana Lifestyle Magazine

“Brian Little is one of the wisest, funniest, kindest, and most erudite people I have ever met, and in this book you’ll be treated to a generous helping of all these personality traits. A monumentally important book for anyone who wants to understand their colleagues, their loved ones — and their very own selves.” —Susan Cain, author of the New York Times bestseller Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking

“Insightful, clever and practical. Professor Little is a genius, making personality psychology not only relevant but essential knowledge in the modern world. This book is one “aha” moment after another, each rocking your world and upending the way you think about your coworkers, your relationships and your life.” —Shawn Achor, New York Times bestselling author of The Happiness Advantage and CEO of GoodThink

"Me, Myself, and Us is a masterpiece. With extraordinary wit and wisdom, distinguished psychologist Brian Little offers startling insights about our trivial pursuits and magnificent obsessions. It should come with a warning label: this book will fundamentally change the way you see yourself and everyone you know." —Adam Grant, Wharton professor and bestselling author of Give and Take

"Me, Myself, and Us is a truly gripping look at questions at the heart of the human experience. Why do we do what we do? How does our environment shape our nature and our nature our environment? Are some people just innately happier than other? In crisp and lucid prose, one of the giants in the field of personality science tackles these questions and many more. I defy you to read this book and not change the way you think about your friends, your family, and yourself." —Daniel H. Pink, author of DRIVE and A WHOLE NEW MIND
--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Dr. Brian Little is an internationally acclaimed scholar and speaker in the field of personality and motivational psychology. He is a fellow of the Well-being Institute at Cambridge University, where he also lectures in the Department of Psychology and the Cambridge Judge Business School. He is a Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus at Carleton University. Little has taught at Carleton, McGill, Oxford, and Harvard Universities. He was elected as a “Favorite Professor” by the graduating classes of Harvard for three consecutive years. He lives in Cambridge, England, and Ottawa, Canada.
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Product Details

  • MP3 CD
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio; MP3 Una edition (October 14, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1491551801
  • ISBN-13: 978-1491551806
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.5 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.3 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,173,892 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Let me preface this review with a cautionary note: I'm a doctoral student in behavioral science, I have read about personality psychology extensively and have interacted with Dr. Little in person a few times.

Me, Myself, And Us is a fantastic book. Dr. Little has us laughing, thinking, reflecting, questioning, and at the same time learning learning and learning about ourselves, our friends, our foes, and anyone else we care to put within our personal radar. Throughout the book, the common theme of questioning how people behave, why they behave how they behave, and what we can do about it, is as helpful a guide as any that has ever been written about the subject.

My favourite quote of the book, that I have since started using in every day usage, is the idea of "acting out of character", which Dr. Little uses to illustrate one of his key theories. In short, acting out of character has a dual meaning; on the one hand, it describes situations where we act in ways that run contrary to our biological make-up and our sociological/cultural up-bringing; at the same time, acting out of character can also describe situations where we act because of our character, because of what we believe in, and because of things that are important for us. Acting out of character therefore describes situations where introverts act like extroverts, where selfish people act kind, or where social butterflies act more calm. Crucially, we can not act out of character all the time, but need spaces where we can be in-tune with our character again, which Dr. Little calls "restorative niches" to maintain levels of well-being.

For anyone interested in the self, whether it's their own or other peoples', I can only wholeheartedly recommend reading Dr. Little's book, which I would call his magnum opus (to date). It's a very accessible, smart, and funny read, that will have you pause at times to reflect and think.
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Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I branched out in reading this book. I recently joined the productive readers of the world and have been striving to find wisdom and well-being through opening my eyes to the ideas out there.

Admittedly, on a couple occasions I found myself a bit lost. My mind wanders as it does to so many of us. However, many ideas I found here were intriguing and just rang true in my mind. They made sense.

Little is a very sharp man than has really refined his thoughts. A few of my favorite ideas of his include the following:

1) We have specific self-beliefs and constructs of ourselves and they inevitably affect our well-being. Acknowledging this, Little states that "it is possible to change our personal constructs, and this gives us hope." But with this he includes that " sometimes escaping from them can be difficult."

2) High vs Low Self Monitoring

3) Seeking to see deeper than the frames people put on at first meeting. In other words, giving others a chance to show their strengths or not being fooled by an impressive manner.

4) Hostility and how it affects the Type A's of the world.

5) The power of "latent inhibition" and its upsides.

6) A few final ideas on well-being:
A Few intimate relationships
Clearing the deck
The Sustainable Pursuit of Core Projects
Self-Reflection and Reconciling - Dancing with ourselves
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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This was such a pleasure to read, I could not put the book down. Everything that Prof. Little touched on is very well researched and explained in detail with data and examples; in other words, in true introvert style. I never give a book five stars as I save it for the ones who are truly exceptional, and this book is. Dr. Little is not only the best in the field of Personality Psychology but also a great writer and public speaker. I also loved all the extras in the "Notes". If you want to get an in depth perspective, there are links to all the studies cited in the book in the "Notes" section. Enjoy :-)
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This book answers that question in a humorous, yet scholarly way. For those of us who know who we are and wish to be different, Dr. Little explains how and if this should be achieved. For those of us who have no clue, he provides a few assessments to assist in determining our personality. And for those of us who know who we are and are completely content with that person (I'd love to meet you): Dr. Little will aid you in understanding yourself in relation to others.
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I'm highly selective of the books I choose to read, and I can honestly say this is one of the best books I've ever read. It technically articulates what many of us understand intuitively, and it presents fascinating new concepts supported by legitimate research. It's the perfect balance of science and practical insight. It doesn't promote any 30-day solution or rigid program for healing, it simply presents important practical concepts at the core of psychology and sociology. Often it's difficult to understand what is meant by "natural" in terms of behavior and personality, and this book really breaks it down. Moreover, if the concept of "authenticity" is important to you but seems challenging to define and implement, then this book can help you understand what being realistically authentic entails and how to realistically sustain it. If you're wanting to genuinely discover "the real you", and then learn how to genuinely become a better version of you, then this book is a must read.
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