Temperamental Thread How Genes, Culture, Time and Luck Make Us Who We Are

ISBN-10: 1932594507
ISBN-13: 9781932594508
Edition: 2010
Authors: Jerome Kagan
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Book details

List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Dana Press, The
Publication date: 4/15/2010
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 248
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

Temperament is the single most pervasive aspect of us and our fellow human beings. We notice it; we gossip about it; we make judgments based on it; we unconsciously shape our lives around it. InThe Temperamental Thread, developmental psychologist Jerome Kagan 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? Kagan paints a picture of temperament as a thread that, when woven with those of life experiences, forms the whole cloth of an individualrs"s personality. He presents solid evidence to show how genes, gender, culture, and chance interact with temperament and influence a mature personality. He explains how temperament sets the stage for the many personality variations that we see all around us. Research into temperament, powered by the new tools of neuroscience and psychological science, is enriching our understanding of others in every context, from our closest relationships to those in workplaces, schools, and even casual encounters. Jerome Kagan shows us how.

Jerome Kagan is Daniel and Amy Starch Professor of Psychology at Harvard University.

Acknowledgments
Foreword
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?
Glossary
Selected Bibliography
Index

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