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Book: We all have “layers” of personality, expressed differently in different contexts
Published by the Science of Us blog on 8-4-16, “So, You Probably Have 3 Selves” reviews a “fantastic” book by Cambridge University psychologist Brian Little, “My, Myself, and Us: The Science of Personality and the Art of Well-Being.’ Dr. Little asserts that we all have three layers of personality: biogenic (determined by our genes), sociogenic (learned from our family and culture) and idiogenic (personality traits that we choose to adapt based on what is important to us). We express, according to Dr. Little, different degrees of each personality in different situations. He advocates that we do not have a certain personality “type,” but we have a collection of personality tendencies that form our unique identity. The review is, as is typical for this blog, detailed and informative.