BUST: The next big thing in personality science is to understand the human psyche.
A new book on personality is launching Tuesday, and it could change the way we think about personality traits and how they are acquired and changed.
The Personality Insights series is a series of books, short videos and articles by the same authors, that look at the ways people acquire and develop new personality traits.
The first book, Personality Insists: Discovering and Understanding the True Nature of Our Personality by Joseph E. Sullivan and Elizabeth L. Lappin, is due out April 18.
Personality Insides: How to Get Your Mind Right about Your Personality by Daniel J. Pinto and Sarah S. Smith, is scheduled for May 7.
In the meantime, new research is making headlines around the world.
Here’s what you need to know about how personality traits are acquired, what they mean for you and what you can do to boost your odds of being successful.
In addition to the latest in psychology research, The American Institute of Psychology is launching the “Personality Insights” series, which will explore new and emerging research in personality and the ways that it’s acquired and used.
The book will cover the following topics: 1.
Personality traits and their origins and the factors that influence their persistence over time.
The personality trait that most directly influences the likelihood of developing it. 3.
The importance of social cues in the acquisition of new personality characteristics.
The research behind the personality traits that most reliably predict success and who have the highest chance of becoming successful.
The role of personality and self-image in shaping the quality of life.
How to improve your chances of success in your work and life.
The five personality traits most predictive of a successful career.
Personality characteristics and the development of personality in children and adolescents.
How the personality of a person influences their relationship with others.
The social psychology of personality.
How personality traits can be influenced by environment.
The Psychology of Personality and Personality in Society by Joseph S. Sullivan is available from Amazon.com.
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And, join us for a chat with one of the experts on personality: the author, psychologist and psychoanalyst, Elizabeth Lappen, who has written for publications including The Atlantic, The New York Times, and The Atlantic Monthly.
This interview has been edited for length and clarity.