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Psychologist and bestselling author Benjamin Hardy, PhD, debunks the pervasive myths about personality that prevent us from learning—and provides bold strategies for personal transformation. Dr. Hardy liberates us from the limiting belief that our “true selves” are to be discovered, and shows how we can create our desired selves and achieve amazing goals instead. Filled with strategies for reframing your past and designing your future, this is a guide to breaking free from the past and becoming the person you want to be.
If you’re like most people, you’ve probably taken a personality test. Maybe the Meyer’s Briggs assessment revealed that you’re a steamrolling ENTJ, or maybe the Enneagram categorized you as a self-absorbed type 4. No matter your results, these tests perpetuate myths about what personality is, reduce you to a stereotype, and make self-improvement seem impossible. For those who feel trapped in a box, psychologist and bestselling author Dr. Benjamin Hardy has good news: personality is not a fixed state. It’s a series of choices you can make based on the future you want for yourself.
In PERSONALITY ISN’T PERMANENT, Dr. Hardy draws on recent and authoritative research to dismantle other pervasive myths about persona – like the idea of an “authentic” you – and shows that personality is not something you discover, but rather something you create through your actions and behaviors. He provides readers with science-based strategies for personal reinvention including:
· Why personality tests such as Myers-Briggs and Enneagram are not only psychologically destructive but are no more scientific than horoscopes.
· How to create a network of “empathetic witnesses” who actively encourage you through the highs and lows of extreme growth.
· How to tap into what psychologists call “pull motivation” by narrowing your focus on a single, definable, and compelling outcome.
Citing true stories of radical self-transformation like Andre Norman, a former convict turned Harvard graduate, and Dr. Hardy himself, who grew up broken home, surrounded by issues of addiction and mental illness, PERSONALITY ISN’T PERMANENT shows that self-reinvention is possible – you just have to learn how to become psychologically flexible. Dr. Hardy will reshape the way you think about progress and success, and give you the tools and strategies you need to transcend your circumstances and become the person you always aspired to be.
ABOUT BENJAMIN HARDY
Dr. Benjamin Hardy is an organizational psychologist and bestselling author of Willpower Doesn’t Work. His blog is read monthly by millions of people and has been featured on Forbes, Fortune, CNBC, Cheddar, Big Think, and many others. From 2015-2018, we was the #1 writer in the world on Medium.com and is a regular contributor to Inc. and Psychology Today. He speaks and trains at a wide range of events. He and his wife Lauren adopted three children through the foster system in February 2018 and, one month later, Lauren became pregnant with twins, who were born in December of 2018. They live in Orlando. More at: benjaminhardy.com