Every day of your life is spent surrounded by mysteries that involve what appear to be rather ordinary human behaviors. What makes you happy? Where did your personality come from? Why do you have trouble controlling certain behaviors? Why do you behave differently as an adult than you did as an adolescent?
Since the start of recorded history, and probably even before, people have been interested in answering questions about why we behave the way we do. And many fields - including philosophy, psychology, and even theology - are focused on finding explanations. But it's only in recent decades that researchers can finally approach, understand, and solve the mysteries of emotion, thought, and behavior - solutions that help each of us to better know ourselves and the people around us. The result is not only a more solid understanding of what it means to be human, but a stronger foundation from which to live more effectively with others and to grasp their intricate behaviors and quirks.
Now you can gain those benefits through a series of 24 intriguing lectures from an award-winning teacher. Professor Leary takes you on a fascinating journey into the complex heart of who you are, using the latest theories, case studies, experiments, and stories to cast light on a wide variety of human behaviors, both ordinary and puzzling.
Throughout these lectures, you'll learn about the various interacting forces that influence your behavior. These include your genetic blueprint, your personal experiences, your upbringing, and the people and social groups that surround you.
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What I liked most was the way he explained topics. It helped me to have new insights. He shared some great insights on some commonly held beliefs about how people find happiness. His analysis of how we behave in society, communicate and see ourselves was very interesting. He debunks some widely held ideas with strong, logical argument. It's interesting to see how often popular ideas on self-help are close, but not quite right. For example, the popular belief that if we can just instill in a person more self esteem, they will act and think in a more positive way. He points out that it's an individuals positive actions, that are socially valued, constructive and helpful to others, that create the persons self esteem, not creating more self esteem in the person creating more positive behavior. I love the insights I am getting from the lectures. Worth the purchase price to me.
The descriptions were interesting and I had many "I see!" moments.
Interested in what he is talking about makes him interesting to listen to for the audience.
Couple "I can relate" laughs. :-)
A really good combination of recreational, enjoyed listening and informational, I learned new things I can apply in life.
Someone who is interested in psychology using this as the very first introduction. The lecturer did a fantastic job with voice modulation and enthusiasm, so I waited a long time for it to improve.
The course sounds fascinating, but it doesn't even go into the depth of a high school biology course when evoking biological explanations. The psychology and neurology were of similar disappointments
Disappointment in the level and material
The Great Courses typically provide a great college lecture set finding a good level of depth and interest. One lump of coal in the diamonds.
I plan to listen to this book a number of times. The amount of insight and knowledge that I've gain from this is astounding.
The lectures are put together so that topics being presented in a chapter, build on the chapter before. A very good and clear way to communicate what is being said so that it is understood perfectly.
This book brought an incredible amount of insight on why we do what we do and why we do it the way we do it. I've been looking for a book like this for a long time and I think Prof Leary has put together something incredible in this audiobook. I hope to read more of his books in the future.
The most valuable elements are the frequent references to modern research and studies whose conclusions often times contradict our deepest intuitions. Disabusing ourselves of these misleading intuitions helps us to more clearly see the reality of what it's like to be us. This lecture series points out human tendencies that even the most introspective may miss. The mind is a machine, and knowing better how that machine operates is something everyone can benefit from.
Well-timed pauses, emphasis, pace, and cadence.
No, it was just interesting and contained useful information.
This being an audio product, I feel it must be said that the professor's inconsistent lisp can be distracting. For instance, it's not uncommon for the following sentence to be spoken like so: "One perthon who experiences stress may react differently than another person exthperiencing the same sthtress." Some S's trip the professor up, others don't. I would have preferred a consistent lisp to an inconsistent one, due to how it pulled my attention away from the interesting things he was saying. Also, schadenfreude is pronounced "shod-en-froy-duh," not "shod-en-froid." For most, this would be nit-picking, but others may find themselves being distracted more by such things. Regardless, this is a worthwhile listen, which is why I gave it 5-stars overall.
For understanding human behavior, it is at the top of the list, a must have for anyone interested in why people behave and feel the way they do and the purposes those behaviors and feelings are trying to serve that compels us to do them.
I'll keep this simple, this is a MUST have book on human behavior and psychology, the most clear and intuitive explanations I have heard from any teacher. Not only that but he achieves a perfect balance of keeping it simple and easy to understand with giving the evidence and proofs for why those things are thought to be correct. This is a book I will listen to more than once.
I learned a lot and I enjoyed a lot. However I would be more glad if the other had explained more in how to deal with the different behaviours. For example he talked about happiness, over reacting, relationships .. Etc. But he did not provide enough guide in how to get the best of those behaviours.
I know the book wasn't written for that purpose but it would be more beneficial if he did so.
This is a good course. The only issue is identifying the lectures in one continuous file. A better breakdown like the other courses is needed.
These lectures were all to the point. I felt that I was learning every minute and the topics were interesting and related to those things I am sure you wonder about human nature. I could go over these lectures again!
"Outstanding, concise information"
This was a very concise description of many aspects of human psychology. Unlike many books on the subject it cuts to the char very quickly. Highly recommended.
"A journey into human irrationality"
I am a big fan of The Great Courses; this is one of the best I have listened to with regard to personal enjoyment and understanding.
Irrationality, Sutherland, Stuart
A thorough coverage of the subject of the mysteries of human behaviour.
"Engaging, relevant and can't put down!"
This is such a great collection of social psychology topics which is both informative and interesting. I love the way that Mark Leary instantly engages you with a relevant question of life, which makes you want to learn more. The topics are easy to grasp and a brilliant introduction to wet your appetite to ibis more about social psychology. Loved it!
"Suggests paranormal phenomena might be real...."
This lecture series seemed worthwhile and interesting until lecture 16 where the professor covers the topic of parapsychology (e.g. mind-reading, clairvoyance). In this lecture he repeatedly says that scientific evidence suggests that paranormal phenomena might be genuine and that 'more research is needed'.
I am shocked that this lecture series has been included in the Great Courses. It has really tarnished the brand for me. I now no longer believe that the lecture series in the Great Courses offer high quality, reliable and valid content.
"More research is needed to establish whether paranormal phenomena are real or not" - really???!!!
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