Making Sense of People: The Science of Personality Differences

 
9780134215006: Making Sense of People: The Science of Personality Differences

Use the latest psychological and neuroscientific research to understand and respond to people far more effectively. In this book, leading neuroscientist Samuel H. Barondes explains personality science for everyone, and offers even more practical tools for understanding others and predicting their behavior. Making Sense of People, Second Edition gives you scientific frameworks and tools for improving your intuition about people, so you can assess them more consciously, systematically, and effectively.

 

Barondes explains the research behind every standard personality category: extraversion/introversion, agreeableness, conscientiousness, neuroticism, and openness. You’ll learn how to use these traits and assessments to decide who you’ll enjoy spending time with, whom you can trust, and whom to keep at a distance.

 

This Second Edition offers even more practical assistance in applying these techniques with the people in your life: more "how to," and more "here’s why." Every chapter now contains a "Practical Summary" section reinforcing Barondes’s powerful techniques and helping you put them to work. He even guides you through building a deep and personally meaningful understanding of one important person in your life, integrating multiple perspectives into a rich and complex picture of what makes them unique. Along the way, you will discover:

  • What neuroscience and psychological research can tell us about how personality types develop and cohere
  • How genes, nurture, and education intertwine in personality development.
  • How to recognize troublesome personality patterns such as narcissism, sociopathy, and paranoia
  • How much a child's behavior predicts their adult personality, and how personality stabilizes in young adulthood
  • How to assess integrity, fairness, wisdom, and other traits related to morality
  • What genetic testing may (or may not) teach us about personality in the future
  • Powerful general strategies for getting along with people, with specific tactics for special circumstances

Making Sense of People, Second Edition
is for everyone whose lives or livelihoods depends on understanding other people, from managers and salespeople to teachers and counselors. More than that, it’s for everyone who wonders about others’ motivations and personalities – and who among us doesn’t?

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About the Author:

SAMUEL H. BARONDES (Sausalito, CA), a leading neuroscientist, is Director Emeritus of the Langley Porter Neuropsychiatric Institute, and Chairman Emeritus of the Psychiatry Department at UCSF. His previous trade books include Mood Genes; Better than Prozac: Creating the Next Generation of Psychiatric Drugs; and the Scientific American Library title Drugs and the Brain. He has made major contributions to the basic cell and molecular biology of neuronal recognition.

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