CWRU First Year Experience

I am really looking forward to giving a presentation to the incoming Freshman Class at Case Western Reserve University on November 20th.
The topic is “Why Personality Matters: Free Traits and the First Year Experience.” CWRU has an outstanding First Year
Experience program and I am keen to meet the students and faculty, to talk about recent research, and to have some fun. @DrBrianRLittle

One Day University in NYC

Update, February 27th, 2010.

Just back from NYC where I presented a lecture at the One Day University event on February 25th at the CUNY Graduate Center.  The topic was “The Happiness of Pursuit: New Insight on Human Nature.”  The audience was wonderful and I greatly enjoyed chatting with many of you.  As requested, here is some follow up information that I hope will be helpful.

Susan Cain’s book, Quiet, is an exceptional book about the quiet strengths of introversion and the pervasiveness of the extravert ideal.  Her Chapter 9, as I mentioned to some of you, provides more information about me than you could ever want to know!  Quiet  has met with extraordinary success and has zoomed up the NYTimes and Amazon best seller charts.

Many of you asked about the reference to Owen Flanagan’s piece from which I quoted at the end of my lecture.  It is the final chapter of his book Self Expressions.  Although the book is a serious work of analytic philosophy, that final chapter does indeed read like poetry.  Please email me if you wish to get a copy.

Thanks to all at OneDayUniversity and the remarkable attendees who make it such a pleasure for those of us who profess.





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Brian Little in TIME magazine | The Upside of Being an Introvert

(And why extroverts are overrated)
by Bryan Walsh

Cover of TIME magazine Feb. 2012

Brian Little in this month's TIME magazine cover story.

“Take Brian Little. He’s a research psychologist and superstar academic lecturer, his class on personality at Harvard was perennially one of the most popular at the university. He’s also a serious introvert…”

TIME subscribers can read the full article online.

Acting Out of Character in the Immortal Profession: Toward a Free Trait Agreement

By Brian R. Little  |  From the April-May 2010 Issue of Academic Matters

-Sometimes, the academic life demands that faculty deny their fundamental personality traits. But if collegial respect includes allowing colleagues the latitude to nurture their true characters, academics can survive and thrive amidst the challenges of academic life.

It often comes down to personality. Despite the candidate’s obvious brilliance, tenure is denied. The comment “insufferably arrogant,” uttered almost sotto voce just before the vote, helps tip the scales.  Across campus a dedicated but painfully shy associate professor is reading the term’s teaching evaluations and, once again, is simply devastated. And over at the faculty club, a newly minted Professor Emeritus bounces into the retirement party to find only three attendees at the event, trying in vain to create the illusion of a throng. Later, at the bar, the reluctant pseudo-celebrants agree on one thing — this wouldn’t have happened to any of their other colleagues. Personality matters. Continue reading