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Humans are social animals, and the impressions we make on others can critically impact the quality of our lives. Consequently, we spend much of our lives, both consciously and unconsciously, working to shape other people’s ideas about who we are. In this eye-opening 12-lecture series with Professor Leary, explore the “self-presentational underpinnings of human behavior” as well as the what, how, and why of impression management. 

People form impressions of us - who we are and what we’re like - very quickly and, right or wrong, those impressions determine significant aspects of our outcomes in life, both in the present as well as the future. In just a few short minutes, others assess our personality, interests, attitudes, and moods, taking into account everything from the content of our words to the style of our clothing, and much more. Sometimes their assessments are accurate, other times less so, but the impressions other people form of us significantly impacts how they treat us. 

Social interactions and the impressions that drive them are vitally important aspects of human behavior. In this compelling course, learn about how we shape the impressions other people form of us - at work, at home, in our social lives, and in the world at large. 

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  • Andrew Dunbar
  • 02-01-2021

Nuanced to the point of dry toast, but edible.

This was/is a good lecture series, yet I'm torn about my review.

Professor Mark Leary is knowledgeable and passionate about this subject, and leaves no stone unturned.
The reason for the four star rating (as opposed to a five) is that the level of detail makes this short lecture series feel like it's dragging on for eons.
However, if you're the type of person that likes every detail on a subject (like myself), and have an interest in the interactions between people (like myself, again) then you won't mind the level of detail.

This one's all about learning in depth, as opposed to entertainment.

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  • D Z E3
  • 30-12-2020

I learned a lot

This was one of those rare pieces of content that really changed the way I look at life and the world. Highly recommend it as a listen if you want to learn more about yourself and others from a research grounded perspective.

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  • J s
  • 16-11-2020

interesting but

A relevant and interesting topic but I was not amazed, come on great courses try.

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  • Albert
  • 31-10-2020

Information Packed!

Lecture holds dense information, yet is unpacked in a smooth flow which allows the listener to dissect the content.

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  • iglam_u
  • 22-06-2021

Great knowledge - public persona

Always good to listen to the books from The Great Courses. Very in-depth knowledge of our behavior and different faces. I highly recommend.

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  • A from VA
  • 12-10-2021

More Social Psychology than Business

This is a well-ordered and well-presented course, but it is almost all simple (freshman-level) psychology and not much of a business course. Everybody knows that people front - I was looking for tips on how to front better.

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  • 01-04-2021

Unnecessarily too long

I would have given it five stars if it had been reduced to 1/3 of its current size.

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