Traits are Only a Sliver of Who We Are
Todd Kashdan, Professor, George Mason University
For decades, psychologists have tried to use the concept of personality traits — broadly defined as strengths and weaknesses — to explain the differences in how people navigate life. Traits equated with personality such as extraversion, conscientiousness, courage, or kindness have been shown to influence how someone might cope with stress and crises, adjust to change, or deal with problems of mental and physical health.
Todd Kashdan holds that personality traits reflect only a sliver of who we are. He will discuss three levels of personality, characterized as “having,” “doing,” and ‘being,” that integrate personal goals and narratives into a broader picture of individual identity.
By learning about and activating these levels, we can gain a new approach to understanding ourselves and become more adept at getting to know other people.
Dr. Todd B. Kashdan is Professor of Psychology and Senior Scientist at the Center for the Advancement of Well-Being at George Mason University, and Professor at the Institute for Positive Psychology and Education at Australian Catholic University.
Todd is a world-recognized authority on the science of well-being, strengths, relationships, stress, and anxiety. He has published over 150 scholarly articles and has authored and/or edited the following books:
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