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Sioux Falls Feminists endorse Understanding the Mysteries of
Human Behavior
for explaining how many mysteries of
our emotions, thoughts, and behavior all arise from
our evolution, genetics and experiences.

Understanding the
Mysteries of Human Behavior
Lectures by Professor Mark Leary


Understanding the Mysteries of Human Behavior (2012)
24 lectures, 12 hours
Understanding the Mysteries of Human Behavior at TheGreatCourses.com

Scientific mysteries are everywhere around you. At the bottom of the deepest oceans. On the frontiers of the known universe. But some of life's greatest scientific mysteries lie much closer than that: inside the recesses of the human mind. Every day of your life is spent surrounded by mysteries that involve what, on the surface, appear to be rather ordinary human behaviors.

  • What makes you happy?
  • Where did your personality come from?
  • Why do you have trouble controlling certain behaviors?
  • What does your self-esteem do?
  • Why do you behave differently as an adult than you did as an adolescent?

Since the start of recorded history, and probably even before, people have been interested in answering questions about why we behave the way we do. In fact, many fields of human endeavor - such as philosophy, psychology, and even theology - are focused on finding explanations for the nature of human behavior. But it's only in recent decades, with the emergence of advanced scientific methods and tools, that researchers can finally approach, understand, and solve the mysteries of emotion, thought, and behavior in the same way that oceanographers investigate the ocean depths or astronomers study the stars above our heads.

To understand the secrets of human behavior is to better know yourself and the people around you - whether they're friends, family members, coworkers, or just acquaintances. Not only will you have a more solid understanding of what it means to be human, you will also have a stronger foundation from which to live more effectively with others and to grasp their intricate behaviors and quirks.

Professor Mark Leary is Garonzik Family Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at Duke University. He has received a Lifetime Career Award from the International Society for Self and Identity and is a fellow of the Association for Psychological Science, The American Psychological Association, and the Society for Personality and Social Psychology. The author of a dozen books on social motivation, emotion, and the ego, Professor Leary is among the world's top social and personality psychologists.

24 Lectures - 30 minutes each

1: Solving Psychological Mysteries 13: Can Subliminal Messages Affect Behavior?
2: How Did Human Nature Evolve? 14: Why Do We Dream?
3: Where Do People's Personalities Come From? 15: Why Are People So Full of Themselves?
4: How Can Siblings Be So Different? 16: Do People Have Psychic Abilities?
5: Why Do People need Self-Esteem - Or Do They? 17: Why Don't Adolescents Behave Like Adults?
6: Why Do We Have Emotions? 18: How Much Do Men and Women Really Differ?
7: What Makes People Happy? 19: Why Do We Care What Others Think of Us?
8: Why Are So Many People So Stressed Out? 20: Why Are Prejudice and Conflict So Common?
9: Why Do Hurt Feelings Hurt? 21: Why Do People Fall In - and Out of - Love?
10: Why Do We Make Mountains out of Molehills? 22: What Makes Relationships Succeed or Fail?
11: Why is Self-Control So Hard? 23: Why Do People Blush?
12: Why Do We Forget? 24: A Few Mysteries We Can't Explain Yet


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Understanding the
Mysteries of Human Behavior
Lectures by Professor Mark Leary

Sioux Falls Feminists endorse Understanding the Mysteries of
Human Behavior
for explaining how many mysteries of
our emotions, thoughts, and behavior all arise from
our evolution, genetics and experiences.