Out of Character

Author: David DeSteno
Publisher: Harmony
ISBN: 9780307717771
Release Date: 2011-05-03
Genre: Psychology

Have you ever wondered why a trumpeter of family values would suddenly turn around and cheat on his wife? Why jealousy would send an otherwise level-headed person into a violent rage? What could drive a person to blow a family fortune at the blackjack tables? Or have you ever pondered what might make Mr. Right leave his beloved at the altar, why hypocrisy seems to be rampant, or even why, every once in awhile, even you are secretly tempted, to lie, cheat, or steal (or, conversely, help someone you never even met)? This book answers these questions and more, and in doing so, turns the prevailing wisdom about who we are upside down. Our character, argue psychologists DeSteno and Valdesolo, isn’t a stable set of traits, but rather a shifting state that is subject to the constant push and pull of hidden mechanisms in our mind. And it's the battle between these dueling psychological forces that determine how we act at any given point in time. Drawing on the surprising results of the clever experiments concocted in their own laboratory, DeSteno and Valdesolo shed new scientific light on so many of the puzzling behaviors that regularly grace the headlines. For example, you’ll learn: • Why Tiger Woods just couldn’t resist the allure of his mistresses even though he had a picture-perfect family at home. And why no one, including those who knew him best, ever saw it coming. • Why even the shrewdest of investors can be tempted to gamble their fortunes away (and why risky financial behavior is driven by the same mechanisms that compel us to root for the underdog in sports). • Why Eliot Spitzer, who made a career of crusading against prostitution, turned out to be one of the most famous johns of all time. • Why Mel Gibson, a noted philanthropist and devout Catholic, has been repeatedly caught spewing racist rants, even though close friends say he doesn’t have a racist bone in his body. • And why any of us is capable of doing the same, whether we believe it or not! A surprising look at the hidden forces driving the saint and sinner lurking in us all, Out of Character reveals why human behavior is so much more unpredictable than we ever realized. From the Hardcover edition.

In and Out of Character

Author: Basil Rathbone
Publisher: Limelight Editions
ISBN: 9780879105563
Release Date: 2004-08-01
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

(Limelight). "Basil Rathbone's book about himself...is better written than most books by or about actors and is more intellectually vigorous...Sherlock Holmes fans will be much interested in his remarks on the character with whom he has been so closely identified." Library Journal ; "Quite naturally full of memories, full of names, full of glimpses of stars of stage and screen of yesterday and today." New York Times Book Review

Out of Character

Author: David DeSteno
Publisher: Harmony
ISBN: 9780307717764
Release Date: 2013-05-14
Genre: Psychology

A revelatory discussion of the unconscious psychological forces that cause people to become susceptible to negative behaviors explains how undesirable character traits and subjectivity to unhealthy vices can be overcome, in a report that cites the examples of famous politicians and celebrities.

Out of Character

Author: Michael Knight
Publisher: Asian Art Museum
ISBN: 0939117649
Release Date: 2016-02-02
Genre: Art

What defines a masterwork of calligraphy? Out of Character, a collaborative effort from leading Chinese and U.S. scholars, tries to answer this question by focusing on fifteen calligraphic masterpieces. Supporting these masterworks are an additional twenty-five works of the highest quality. Calligraphy has been admired as the ultimate art form by China's educated elite for more than 2,000 years. Over that time a complex set of rules and conventions has evolved that impacts every aspect of the calligrapher's practice. Within the constraints of their artistic tradition, creativity and self-expression have remained of primary importance to the Chinese calligrapher. With mind and hand in accord, Chinese calligraphers express the strength of their character in the characters they write. Out of Character provides the context and the critical tools viewers need to understand why this art form has been so admired in the Chinese tradition.

Out of Character

Author: Omri Moses
Publisher: Stanford University Press
ISBN: 9780804791236
Release Date: 2014-05-07
Genre: Literary Criticism

"Characters" are those fictive beings in novels whose coherent patterns of behavior make them credible as people. "Character" is also used to refer to the capacity—or incapacity—of individuals to sustain core principles. When characters are inconsistent, they risk coming across as dangerous or immoral, not to mention unconvincing. But what is behind our culture's esteem for unwavering consistency? Out of Character examines literary characters who defy our culture's models of personal integrity. It argues that modernist writers Henry James, Gertrude Stein, and T. S. Eliot drew inspiration from vitalism as a way of reinventing the means of depicting people in fiction and poetry. Rather than regarding a rigid character as something that inoculates us against the shifting tides of circumstance, these writers insist on the ethical necessity of forming improvisational, dynamic social relationships. Charting the literary impact of William James, Charles Darwin, Friedrich Nietzsche, and, in particular, Henri Bergson, this book contends that vitalist understandings of psychology, affect, and perception led to new situational and relational definitions of selfhood. As Moses demonstrates, the modernists stirred by these vital life lessons give us a sense of what psychic life looks like at its most intricate, complex, and unpredictable.

Out of Character

Author: Diana Miller
Publisher: Lyrical Shine
ISBN: 9781616505776
Release Date: 2015-07-07
Genre: Fiction

Stepping out of your comfort zone can be hazardous… Denver, Colorado, ER doctor Jillian Rodgers has never done an impulsive thing in her life. But all that changes when she meets the man of her dreams on a ski vacation. Within twenty-four hours, they’ve spent a passionate night together and Jillian is convinced she’s halfway in love. After all, she figures the worst that can happen is she’ll go home with a broken heart…But the man pretending to be an ordinary guy is far from it. In fact, he shouldn’t get anywhere near Jillian. Yet there’s something about her he can’t resist—and she’s perfect for his cover. Besides, he’s sure he isn’t endangering her. Unfortunately, they’re both wrong. When someone uses their chairlift for target practice, Jillian ends up wounded—and her dream man promptly disappears. Within days, her car explodes. Just when things can’t get any worse, she’s kidnapped at gunpoint. Soon Jillian’s running for her life, and the only man who can save her is the one who deserted her. Or is he just trying to protect her? And can she survive long enough to find out? 95,000 Words

Out of Character

Author: Mark Russell
Publisher: Bantam
ISBN: UCSC:32106015308080
Release Date: 1997
Genre: Drama

Presents a sampling of thirty-two monologue performances from the artists of P.S. 122, including Spaulding Gray, John Leguizamo, and Laurie Anderson

The Myth of the Out of Character Crime

Author: Stanton E. Samenow
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
ISBN: 0275991946
Release Date: 2007
Genre: Psychology

Explores and explains "out of character crimes" and the people who commit them.

Out of Character

Author: Terry Newman
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9781440551499
Release Date: 2012-07-09
Genre: Fiction

As a writer, JJ Sprightly tries to create characters that jump off the page&151;figuratively, that is. She never expects that one day her characters would literally jump off the page and onto the couch of her home office. But that’s what her hero and heroine, Blake Teesdale and Alex Zurich, do. They pop out of their novel to offer JJ some help in finding the man of her dreams. There’s only one small snag in the plans . . . okay . . . two rather large snags. JJ wants nothing to do with the man her characters have chosen, Kennedy King Cooper. And the second snag? Alex and Blake can’t return to their own book. Will JJ ever create her own personal romance story? And will Alex and Blake be able to return to the pages of their own book? Sensuality Level: sensual

Out of Character

Author: Omri Moses
Publisher: Stanford University Press
ISBN: 9780804791236
Release Date: 2014-05-07
Genre: Literary Criticism

"Characters" are those fictive beings in novels whose coherent patterns of behavior make them credible as people. "Character" is also used to refer to the capacity—or incapacity—of individuals to sustain core principles. When characters are inconsistent, they risk coming across as dangerous or immoral, not to mention unconvincing. But what is behind our culture's esteem for unwavering consistency? Out of Character examines literary characters who defy our culture's models of personal integrity. It argues that modernist writers Henry James, Gertrude Stein, and T. S. Eliot drew inspiration from vitalism as a way of reinventing the means of depicting people in fiction and poetry. Rather than regarding a rigid character as something that inoculates us against the shifting tides of circumstance, these writers insist on the ethical necessity of forming improvisational, dynamic social relationships. Charting the literary impact of William James, Charles Darwin, Friedrich Nietzsche, and, in particular, Henri Bergson, this book contends that vitalist understandings of psychology, affect, and perception led to new situational and relational definitions of selfhood. As Moses demonstrates, the modernists stirred by these vital life lessons give us a sense of what psychic life looks like at its most intricate, complex, and unpredictable.

Crisis of Character

Author: Gary J. Byrne
Publisher: Center Street
ISBN: 9781455568888
Release Date: 2016-06-28
Genre: Political Science

In this runaway #1 New York Times bestseller, former secret service officer Gary Byrne, who was posted directly outside President Clinton's oval office, reveals what he observed of Hillary Clinton's character and the culture inside the White House while protecting the First Family in CRISIS OF CHARACTER, the most anticipated book of the 2016 election.

The Character in the Book

Author: Kaethe Zemach-Bersin
Publisher: HarperCollins
ISBN: 0062050605
Release Date: 1998-03-06
Genre: Juvenile Fiction

When the character in the book gets an invitation to visit his Auntie in her book, he's all set to go. But when he tries to get out of his book, he runs into some trouble. He can't get out at the top of the page, and he can't get out at the bottom. So he tries going forward -- and going forward works! By foot, on wheels, unfazed by the occasional mountain or river in his way, the plucky Character finally zips right out of his own book...and right into his auntie's.When the Character in the Book gets an invitation to visit his dear Auntie, he’s all set to go. But when he tries to get out of his book, he runs into some trouble. He can’t get out at the top of the page, and he can’t get out at the bottom. So he tries going forward, and going forward works just fine. By foot, on wheels, unfazed by the occasional mountain or river in his way, the plucky Character zips out of his own book—and right into his Auntie’s! When the Character in the Book gets an invitation to visit his dear Auntie, he’s all set to go. But when he tries to get out of his book, he runs into some trouble. He can’t get out at the top of the page, and he can’t get out at the bottom. So he tries going forward, and going forward works just fine. By foot, on wheels, unfazed by the occasional mountain or river in his way, the plucky Character zips out of his own book—and right into his Auntie’s!

Out of Character

Author: Glen Wells
Publisher:
ISBN: 1520406401
Release Date: 2017-01-19
Genre:

This all happened a long time ago, so I probably have gotten some of it wrong and maybe all of it. "...all things are made of atoms -- little particles that move around in perpetual motion, attracting each other when they are a little distance apart, but repelling upon being squeezed into one another." ...and ignoring each other when any distance becomes too great, then suddenly colliding later and ripping each other into scattered pieces, where some retreat even further and some combine, being slightly less repelled when not squeezed too tight.

A Matter of Character

Author: Ronald Kessler
Publisher:
ISBN: 1595230149
Release Date: 2004-12-21
Genre: Political Science

A look at the real George W. Bush behind the public image draws on interviews with key players in the Bush administration, as well as with friends and colleagues, to reveal a man of clearly defined moral instinct and leadership style.