Personality Lecture #1

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Discussion thread for Personality and Its Transformations - Lecture #1

study group discussions

Discussion as part of our Jordan B Peterson Study Group.

my notes

  • 1:00 - if you are trying to understand something sophisticated, then you have to read something sophisticated, otherwise you do yourself a disservice

  • 5:00 - engineers use theory to build things

  • 5:30 - the difference between unhappiness and happiness is a very difficult distinguishment, as there is so much involved

  • 10:00 - knowledge is information that can be applied in life, memorisation doesn’t bring application, wisdom is when to apply

  • 13:00 - negative emotions cluster together, such that you experience one, you are likely to experience others - neuroticism is the likelihood to experience such clustering

  • 13:30 - agreeableness - self sacrificing, polite, compassionate - they do not like conflict, they care for other people - they put others concerns above their own

  • 14:30 - conscientiousness - diligent, industrious, orderly

  • 16:00 - extrovert sees the world as a place of social opportunity - introvert sees the world as a place to retreat from and spend time alone

  • 16:30 - you have to hope you are born in an era that actually has a niche for your particular temperaments -** surviving personalities seem to be propagated by the needs of society**

  • 18:30 - conscientiousness responds with disgust to mess, all they want is to straighten it out and clean it

  • 22:00 - study, sleep, study, sleep - best for integration and memory - as well as summarising - practice remembering, will help you with recall memory

  • 24:00 - creative/achievement questionnaire

  • 25:00 - as you get older, you’ve traded youth for money

  • 25:30 - you can thrive when your personality, and personal proclivities**, match the environment you live in**

  • 26:00 - is your child more a part of you than your arm? mothers certainly act that way

  • 27:30 - you can look at someone unhappy, and believe that is a problem with the way they are seeing the world - or it could be accurate - sometimes the fundamental problem with the client is not the client, but their environment

  • 29:00 - proclivities for socialness also gives us a proclivity to become entangled in social pathologies

  • 32:00 - you learn from voluntary contact with that which frightens or disgusts you - from filth wisdom is found - the psychoanalysis process is the process of digging up old skeletons, and many other bad things, to deal with them and learn from them, so they can be cleaned out - when you get what you want, you feel better, as your manner of dealing with the world is correct - when you don’t get what you want, your manner of dealing with the world / conceptualisation of the situation, is inaccurate

  • 37:00 - one of things you do as clinician, is find out what they are avoiding, break it down into pieces they can deal with, to assist them with mastery of the things they got stuck down with, as to help them form increased freedom of movement in the future down the path they desire - character and personality are the most important things to develop and sophisticate as they are the most crucial things in your life to your success

  • 40:00 - read as if it matters! as if it is about you! and tools for you to use!

  • 41:00 - we are not yet in psychology educated enough to map treatment to temperament** << opportunity >>**

  • 42:00 - two things we all need to know - what the world is made of, and how to act in it

  • 49:00 - good problem solving questions