Cambridge professor Brian Little takes the TED stage to describe the limits of trait psychology, which assesses where people land on the spectrum of five traits: openness, conscientiousness, extroversion, agreeableness and neuroticism. Though trait psychology is informative, Little says, examining “free traits,” or out-of-character behavior, is more revealing. getAbstract recommends this wise, witty lecture to those seeking a deeper understanding of personality. Little’s research could help you become a better leader, motivator and collaborator.
In this summary, you will learn
- Why you are more than the sum of five personality traits,
- Why people act out of character and
- Why behaving out of character is most revealing about personality.
About the Speaker
Cambridge professor Brian Little wrote the TED Book Who Are You, Really? The Surprising Puzzle of Personality.