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


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What makes you, you? Psychologists like to talk about our traits, or defined characteristics that make us who we are. But 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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24 Replies to “Who are you, really? The puzzle of personality | Brian Little”

  1. "That's where l'm going now. Don't follow me !! Thank you !!! "
    One of the best ending of TED presentations l've ever seen !
    But seriously, the message "What matters is the core project of your life, rather than the binary thought whether or not you are an introverted/extroverted person." is eye-opener for me. I always tell myself not to trespass the border of the "invisible personal territory" of other person. Basically I am introverted person but sometimes I become one of those "over-friendly extroverts" .The size of my own "invisible personal territory" on Monday is different from that on Sunday. Perhaps that is one of the reasons why I hesitate to get married, But now my inner voice is whispering to me : "What is the core project of your life ? "

  2. I find it hard to believe that people are primarily either extroverted or introverted. I feel like people just take up different roles in different situations and some people are more neurotic than others. But then again I have bipolar type II disorder. Can somebody tell me if truly you are mostly either extrovert or introvert your whole life ??

  3. When I go to the quiet spaces it's usually because the extroverts loudly talking downstairs are idiots. I'm an extrovert so I feel it is right to let others shine and enjoy themselves. But the conversation is so idiotic I prefer to stay away from it. Otherwise the negative stimulation is gonna piss me off. You don't have to let your inner self interface with every stupidity in the world.