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The temperamental thread : how genes, culture, time and luck make us who we are

Author: Jerome Kagan
Publisher: New York : Dana Press, ©2010.
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Temperament is the single most pervasive fact about us and our fellow travelers in life. We notice it; we gossip about it; we make judgments based on it; we unconsciously shape our lives with it. In this work, the author, a developmental psychologist draws on decades of research to describe the nature of temperament, the in born traits that underlie our responses to experience. Along the way he answers such  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Kagan, Jerome.
Temperamental thread.
New York : Dana Press, ©2010
(OCoLC)742328090
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jerome Kagan
ISBN: 9781932594508 1932594507
OCLC Number: 465680036
Description: xix, 255 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction : what are human temperaments? --
Reacting to the unexpected --
Experience and inference --
Temperament and gender --
Temperament and ethnicity --
Temperament and mental illness --
What have we learned?
Responsibility: Jerome Kagan.

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Temperament is the single most pervasive fact about us and our fellow travelers in life. We notice it; we gossip about it; we make judgments based on it; we unconsciously shape our lives with it. In this work, the author, a developmental psychologist draws on decades of research to describe the nature of temperament, the in born traits that underlie our responses to experience. Along the way he answers such questions as, How does the temperament we are born with affect the rest of our lives? Are we set at birth on an irrevocable path of optimism or pessimism? Must a fussy baby always become an anxious adult? He paints a picture of temperament as a thread that, when woven with those of life experiences, forms the whole cloth of personality. He presents solid evidence to show how genes, gender, culture, and happenstance contribute to temperament as well as influence and shape a mature personality. He explains how temperament sets the stage for the myriad of personality variations, from the dazzling to the desperate, that we see all around us. Temperament research, powered by the new tools of neuroscience and psychological science, will be an important source of tomorrow's ideas, as well as enriching our understanding of others in every context, from our closest relationships to those in workplaces, schools, and even casual encounters.

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