Who Am I?: 16 Basic Desires that Motivate Our Actions Define Our Persona

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Penguin, 2002 - Psychology - 280 pages
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Sex? Social standing? Social justice? With this breakthrough study of the motivational forces behind human behavior, and grounded in the most up-to-date psychological research available, Dr. Steven Reiss explains the 16 desires and values that shape our behavior-and shows how the ways we prioritize them determines our personality. "Well-explained in lay readers' terms." ( Library Journal ) "An exciting new way to think about ourselves, an authoritative, research-based understanding of why we do the things we do." (Ellen Langer, Ph.D., author of Mindfulness) "Offers valuable insight into such matters as why some interpersonal relationships are enduringly satisfying and others are not." (Professor Richard J. McNally, Harvard University) "Reiss' system can improve our working relationships and enhance our professional lives." (Ruth Luckasson, J.D., Regents' Professor and Professor of Special Education, University of New Mexico)
  

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Contents

Introduction
1
The Basic Desires That Make Our Lives Meaningful
15
What Is a Basic Desire?
17
Why My Dog Saves Socks
35
Why Kids and Elephants Will Make You Wet
52
Why a Secretary Feared Heights
66
One Size Does Not Fit All
83
J Dont Get It and Neither Do You
101
Turning Work Into Play
163
All in the Family
184
WTiy My Fa ther Was a Mets Fan
201
The Scientific Study of the Human Spirit
222
Aterword
243
Appendix
250
Bibliography
263
Index
275

ValueBased Happiness
123
How Relationships Grow
142

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Steven Reiss, Ph.D., is a professor of psychology and psychiatry at Ohio State University, as well as the director of the Nisonger Center for Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities. His internationally acclaimed, influential research has been translated into more than a dozen languages and widely adopted by professionals and educators. Dr. Reiss lives in Columbus.

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