Venue: Number 177
Doors: 7pm / Talk starts: 7.30pm.
Tickets here: bit.ly/2uUv1dD
Your personality is the set of basic traits that makes you you, influencing your habits of thought and behaviour. But how fixed are they? The great American psychologist William James said that our personality is set like plaster by age 30. But new findings show that while there is a degree of stability in our traits, we also continue to change in meaningful ways through our lives – our personalities are more like plastic than plaster.
In this talk, psychologist and author Dr Christian Jarrett will give you the low down on the pros and cons of the main personality traits, from extroversion to conscientiousness (and the dark triad traits, including narcissism) and how they are so consequential. Indeed, policy makers and commentators are increasingly coming to realize the role that personality plays in shaping our lives, from our success at school and work, to our mental and physical health and relationships. You will hear how your traits are likely to change through your life as you age and in response to different experiences. But we don't have to be passive: you'll also discover some of the evidence-backed ways that it is possible to deliberately change your personality.
Christian Jarrett (@Psych_Writer) is the author of PERSONOLOGY, Using the Science of Personality Change to Your Advantage, forthcoming from Simon and Schuster. His previous titles include the critically acclaimed Rough Guide to Psychology, the international bestseller 30-Second Psychology, and most recently Great Myths of the Brain, described by experts as a “tour de force of critical thinking”, “always smart, often humorous”, and “as entertaining as it is enlightening.” A cognitive neuroscientist by training, Christian became a science writer and editor after post-doctoral research at the University of Manchester. Today Christian works for the British Psychological Society as editor of their award-winning and internationally renowned Research Digest blog, the site he created and launched in 2005. He also writes a regular column on personality for BBC Future, a column on productivity and creativity for 99U, and is an expert panelist for BBC Focus magazine. His recent TED-ED lesson on the psychology of ownership has been viewed over 500,000 times. Christian makes occasional radio and TV appearances to discuss psychology findings.
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