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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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.
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.
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.
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.
Professional. Slight lisp.
No, it was far too long for that, and covering too many topics. It was ideal for listening on the commute to work though.
A good series of lectures on why we are the way we are. My one criticism would be that the presenter relies heavily on the field of evolutionary psychology, and there is a reasonable amount of doubt here to present anything as any kind of final answer. (And no, I am not an evolution denier ... quite the opposite, but this particular science is still not on a firm foundation. Yet.)
He is pretty open about all the proposed explanations though, so I didn't see a major problem with this, and the lectures were interesting.
I have heard most of what he was talking about before, but this was a good summary, and certainly a good starting point for anybody interested in the subject.
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