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Seize the Moment Podcast

May 23, 2021

On episode 94, we welcome cognitive neuroscientist Christian Jarrett to discuss what comprises a personality, the positive and negative traits according to The Big 5 Factor Model, how the environment affects one’s traits, why it’s important that one’s personality is still malleable in adulthood, the methods to increase positive traits and decrease negative ones like neuroticism, why it’s difficult to accept that personalities aren’t stable over time, how diseases can change personalities, and how black and white thinking can make us averse to the complexity of human cognition and behavior.

A cognitive neuroscientist by training, Christian Jarrett is Deputy Editor of Psyche, a global digital magazine that illuminates the human condition: Christian has written about psychology and neuroscience for publications across the world, including BBC Future, WIRED, New York magazine, New Scientist, GQ Italia and The Guardian. He was the founding editor and creator of the British Psychological Society's Research Digest, presenter of their PsychCrunch podcast, and an award-winning journalist on The Psychologist magazine. His books include The Rough Guide to Psychology and Great Myths of The Brain. Today we’ll discussing his newest book, BE WHO YOU WANT: Unlocking The Science of Personality Change.

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