Multiplicity

Multiplicity

The New Science of Personality, Identity and the Self

Book - 2008
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MULTIPLICITY presents an entirely new view of our selves. Instead of seeing each person as a single personality, Carter argues that we all consist of multiple characters, each one with its own viewpoint, emotions and ambitions. The mother who feeds breakfast to her children, for example, has quite different concerns and opinions from the woman taking part in a boardroom discussion two hours later, and from the woman she will be with her husband that night. Yet all three may share the same body, and none is any more "authentic" than another.


Personality changes in a person are conventionally frowned upon, but Carter shows that in today's world our ability to switch from one personality to another according to what is demanded of us is a huge strength, providing one's personalities work together as a team rather than against each other. In addition to its groundbreaking scientific thesis, MULTIPLICITY contains extensive exercises designed to help readers achieve this harmony.

Baker & Taylor
Explains how today's world requires people to assume different personalities in accordance with myriad responsibilities, counseling readers on how to work with one's strengths as an employee, family member, and other roles in order to achieve overall balance.

Book News
Science and medical writer Carter combines popular science writing and the "self-help" genre in her discussion of the human personality. Basing the work in large part on anecdotal evidence gathered from interviews, she argues that none of us have just one personality, we instead have multiple personalities united by shared memories and that these personalities are created in as many forms and as great or small a number as required by a person. After presenting this argument and introducing the main types of personality--"anxious parents, frightened children, stereotypes, rebels and shadows"--, she discusses how the reader can come to recognize his or her own personalities, understand how they interact and contrast with one another, and encourage them to work together as a team. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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An award-winning science journalist explains how today's world requires people to assume different personalities in accordance with myriad responsibilities, counseling readers on how to work with one's strengths as an employee, family member, and other roles in order to achieve overall balance. 25,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Little Brown & Co., c2008
ISBN: 9780316115384
031611538X
Branch Call Number: 155.2 CAR
Characteristics: xv, 265 p. : ill. ; 24 cm

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