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A NEW, MORE PRACTICAL EDITION OF THE POPULAR SCIENTIFIC GUIDE TO UNDERSTANDING OTHER PEOPLE
What really bothers you about your boss—or your daughter’s boyfriend? Why are you so attracted to the person you’re dating? Can you rely on your intuition about people? This book will help you find out.
Drawing on extensive research, renowned psychiatrist and neuroscientist Samuel Barondes gives you powerful tools for understanding what people are really like and how they got that way.
Now improved with easy, step-by-step “practical summaries,” these tools will help you quickly assess anyone’s tendencies, patterns, character, and sense of identity. You’ll learn how to combine these into a unified picture of who that person is. With these insights, you can choose more satisfying relationships, recognize telltale signs of dysfunction and danger, and savor the complexity and uniqueness of everyone you meet.
A quick, easy system for understanding anyone!
Preface to Second Edition xi
Introduction: When Intuition Isn’t Enough 1
Part I: Describing Personality Differences
1 Personality Traits 7
2 Troublesome Patterns 33
Part II: Explaining Personality Differences
3 How Genes Make Us Different 65
4 Building a Personal Brain 87
Part III: Whole Persons, Whole Lives
5 What’s a Good Character? 111
6 Identity: Creating a Personal Story 139
7 Putting It All Together 159