Introduction 1 Part I: Describing Personality Differences1 Personality Traits 72 Troublesome Patterns 29 Part II: Explaining Personality Differences3 How Genes Make Us Different 574 Building a Personal Brain 77 Part III: Whole Persons, Whole Lives5 What's a Good Character? 996 Identity: Creating a Personal Story 1237 Putting It All Together 139 Endnotes 151References 177About the Author 217Index 219
Every day, we all size up each other: It's one of the most important things we ever do. Making Sense of People provides the scientific frameworks and tools we need to improve our intuition, and assess people more consciously, systematically, and effectively. Leading neuroscientist Samuel H. Barondes explains the research behind each standard personality category: extraversion, agreeableness, conscientiousness, neuroticism, and openness. He shows readers how to use these traits and assessments to do a better job of deciding who they'll enjoy spending time with, whom to trust, and whom to keep at a distance. Barondes explains:
Samuel Barondes is the Jeanne and Sanford Robertson Professor and Director of the Center for Neurobiology and Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco. A leading psychiatrist and neuroscientist, he is a member of the Institute of Medicine and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His books include Mood Genes, Better Than Prozac, and the Scientific American Library title Molecules and Mental Illness. He lives in Sausalito, California.