Pre Thinking:

“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.” Official Ted.com site

Who Is He:

“Brian Little is an unapologetic introvert — but in front of a classroom or a lecture hall, he delivers impassioned and witty explorations of contemporary personality psychology. In Little’s view, we are as driven by spontaneous, “out of character” moments (and the projects we are passionate about) as we are by innate and learned traits.” Official Ted.com site

Why You Should Watch:

Brain Little gives potentially life-changing advice and insight as he outlines theories of personality.

Discussion Questions:

  1. In the study of personality the theory is that each of us is, in some respect like all other people, like some other people and like no other person. Discuss.
  2. Give a personal example of each of the 5 dimensions of trait psychology.
  3. Two of the dimensions have implications for our well-being. Which two? Why?
  4. If each of us has three natures, what are they? Describe each as it relates to you.
  5. Would you agree with the statement, “Introverts are basically anti-social”? Why or why not.
  6. Why must we be aware when we act out of character?

Making Connections:

A good companion to this talk is the Ted Talk by Susan Cain – The Power of Introverts:

http://tedtalkspsychology.com/the-power-of-introverts-with-susan-cain/

 

Who are you really? The puzzle of personality with Brian Little

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