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Preface 1: Character matters 2: The beak of the finch 3: Wanderers 4: Worriers 5: Controllers 6: Empathizers 7: Poets 8: The other half 9: Singing with your own voice Appendix: The Newcastle Personality Assessor Notes References Index

About the Author

Daniel Nettle teaches psychology at the University of Newcastle. With degrees in both psychology and anthropology, he has written on many aspects of human nature and culture. His previous books include Happiness: The Science Behind Your Smile, Strong Imagination: Madness, Creativity and Human Nature and (with Suzanne Romaine) Vanishing Voices: The Extinction of the World's Languages.


"The author unearths a few everyday characteristics shared by people who say they are happy, including good health, a feeling of autonomy, and social correctiveness. To that list, one might add browsing through this thought-provoking book."--O: The Oprah Magazine, on Happiness
"Excellent survey of the subject-a lucid, intelligent, and thoughtful essay."--Lancet

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