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Me, Myself and Us: How our personalities shape our lives

Who are you really? Psychologist Brian Little thinks we have a tendency to see ourselves as one type of individual... An extrovert or a neurotic but says we are much more complex. He gets into our heads and explains why the phrase "personality type" is an oxymoron.
Walt Whitman once wrote, "I am large, I contain multitudes." Turns out, he was on to something. Canadian personality psychologist Brian Little tells us how the thinking has changed around how we pigeon hole people into personality categories. (Reuters/Jonathan Alcorn)

Chapter one of Brian Little's book starts with a quote:  
 

"Every person is, in certain respects like all other people, like some other people and like no other person." 


The book is called "Me, Myself and Us - The Science of Personality and the Art of Well Being." 

It delves into the fascinating and complex world of personality psychology from a man who's studied and lectured in the field for decades. 

Brian Little is a Fellow of the Well-Being Institute at Cambridge University. He divides his time between Cambridge and Ottawa where he is a Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus at Carleton University. 

Brian Little spoke with Anna Maria Tremonti, on The Current, in October.    

What's your self-monitoring score? Find out.

Are you a high self-monitor who cares deeply about how others see you and bends to fit social situations? Or are you a low self-monitor who doesn't care what people think and won't change no matter what?

For a better idea of where you fit in,take this short personality quiz. When you finish, tweet us @TheCurrentCBC, find us on Facebook or email us and let us know your results.

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(Quiz is courtesy of Me, Myself and Us by Brian Little ©2014. Published by HarperCollins Canada. All rights reserved.)