Who are you, really? The puzzle of personality | Brian Little

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What makes you, you? Psychologists like to talk about our traits, or defined characteristics that make us who we are. But Brian Little is more interested in moments when we transcend those traits — sometimes because our culture demands it of us, and sometimes because we demand it of ourselves. Join Little as he dissects the surprising differences between introverts and extroverts and explains why your personality may be more malleable than you think.

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This mans vocabulary is bigger than texas

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Me before watching the video: It's too long it may be boring
Me after watching the video: No come back explain more

Author — Mahta Jr


Someone once said that a person has 3 faces. 1 you show the world 2 you show to your family and your friends 3 is one you dont show to anybody.

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Extroverts: This man is a BADASS.

Introverts: This man has the amazing capacity to articulate his ideas and thoughts so profoundly that he rightfully deserves the title of badass.

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“We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.”

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“As an introvert I might gently allude to certain assholic qualities”

Both the most introverted and extroverted thing I’ve ever heard

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I am not what I think I am, I am not what you think I am. I am, what I think you think I am. ( A perception of a perception )

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He is so serious about pooping alone that he prepared a whole TED speech for it.

Author — Dan K


The extreme Introvert learned to be an extrovert and plays the extrovert better than most extroverts.

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I have not enjoyed a TED Talk this much in a long time. He's perfect, his humor, professionalism, speech.

Author — Max Do


Imagine having him as a teacher! I would be in class everyday captivated

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... but Professor Slughorn, did you tell the same thing to Tom RIddle when he had questions?

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how lucky are those students to be taught by this man!

Author — Andrew H


Close your eyes....and this man sounds like Sheldon in 20 years

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"Im going to bathroom, dont follow me" *drops mic* .

also, word of the decade is "assholic"

Author — yung phoenix


Half of this was about the difference between extroverts and introverts. What about the rest of the OCEAN traits

Author — ash


If he should ever have enough of working as a psychology professor, he could work as a stand up comedian just as well.

Author — Giaccomo Puccini


I'm an introvert. I need my downtime and away from people. I function best 85% best away from people. I'm not anti social but, I do better.

Author — Ryan Linden


well... extroverted when drunk, introverted when baked, neurotic in between.

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"That's where I'm going now. Don't follow me! Thank you!"

Dear God, he read my mind!!!

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