Synopses & Reviews
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)
Includes bibliographical references (p. 263-264) and index.
What do we want? What makes us tick? From acceptance to vengeance to curiosity, this book explains the 16 basic and universal desires that shape our behavior
and shows how the ways we prioritize them determines our personalities. Grounded in up-to-date psychological research, this book can help
parents comprehend their children’s needs and behavior couples understand each other better employers motivate their employees employees become more effective in their work YOU achieve greater satisfaction and happiness in life
About the Author
Steven Reiss, Ph.D., is a professor of psychology and psychiatry at Ohio State University, and the director of the Nisonger Center for Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities. His Anxiety Sensitivity Index, Screen for Maladaptive Behavior, and Profile of Fundamental Goals and Motivational Sensitivities are all world-renowned and universally used. He is a keynote speaker at professional conferences in the U.S. and around the world.
Table of Contents
Who Am I? Introduction
Part I: The Basic Desires That Make Our Lives Meaningful
1. What Is a Basic Desire?
2. Why My Dog Saves Socks
3. Why Kids and Elephants Will Make You Wet
4. Why a Secretary Feared Heights
5. One Size Does Not Fit All
6. I Don't Get It, and Neither Do You
Part II: How the Basic Desires Are Satisfied
7. Value-Based Happiness
8. How Relationships Grow
9. Turning Work Into Play
10. All in the Family
11. Why My Father Was a Mets Fan
12. The Scientific Study of the Human Spirit