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Understanding the Mysteries of Human Behavior | [The Great Courses]

Understanding the Mysteries of Human Behavior

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.
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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.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.


©2012 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)2012 The Great Courses

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    Michael Casey Minnetonka, MN USA 10-09-14
    Michael Casey Minnetonka, MN USA 10-09-14 Member Since 2014
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    What made the experience of listening to Understanding the Mysteries of Human Behavior the most enjoyable?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The descriptions were interesting and I had many "I see!" moments.


    What about Professor Mark Leary’s performance did you like?

    Interested in what he is talking about makes him interesting to listen to for the audience.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Couple "I can relate" laughs. :-)


    Any additional comments?

    A really good combination of recreational, enjoyed listening and informational, I learned new things I can apply in life.

    14 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Benjamin 07-17-14
    Benjamin 07-17-14 Member Since 2014
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    "The best money i've ever spent"
    Would you listen to Understanding the Mysteries of Human Behavior again? Why?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Understanding the Mysteries of Human Behavior?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    BryanW 04-05-14
    BryanW 04-05-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Nowhere near the depth of typical Great Courses"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    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.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    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


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment in the level and material


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    30 of 35 people found this review helpful
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    Ben 03-07-15
    Ben 03-07-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great Courses does it again!"

    Amazing information in an engaging audio book. Life changing and always worth a listen. wow.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew Richardson TULSA, OK 11-24-14
    Matthew Richardson TULSA, OK 11-24-14 Member Since 2014
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    "The title of the book is SPOT ON"
    Where does Understanding the Mysteries of Human Behavior rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    sanjeev 06-14-15
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    "Excellent start for the uninitiated in psychology!"
    If you could sum up Understanding the Mysteries of Human Behavior in three words, what would they be?

    I have always been intrigued by psychology, but thought it to be more of mumbo jumbo for me..till i landed upon this course. It has been a revealing journey into the world of psychology. Professor Leary has touched wide ranging topics, from day to day behaviors to esoteric aspects such as extra sensory perceptions, psychic powers etc.. More importantly the course is structured and told in a very engaging manner.

    Someone who is already aware of these aspects may not gain much..however it gives a very good primer to people who always wondered on why certain people are of certain types but could not find pointers to such answers..


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    Nancy 03-31-15
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    "Excellent and entertaining lectures!"

    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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tom Arvada, CO, United States 02-27-15
    Tom Arvada, CO, United States 02-27-15 Member Since 2014
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    "great survey of the major topics"
    Where does Understanding the Mysteries of Human Behavior rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    great survey of the primary topics - think of it as a sophomore college course. Interesting data, well presented. Leaves you with an appetite for more courses and depth.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer USA 09-05-13
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    "Interesting lectures"
    If you could sum up Understanding the Mysteries of Human Behavior in three words, what would they be?

    enlightening
    Linear
    Entertaining


    If you’ve listened to books by The Great Courses before, how does this one compare?

    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.


    8 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Brian 07-31-15
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    Great speaker and very informative. I would very much like to sit and listen to professor Leary speak.

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