Quirk: Brain Science Makes Sense Of Your Peculiar Personality
Written by Hannah Holmes
In addition to writing four full-length books, Hannah Holmes of Portland, ME has provided science commentary for Science Live on the Discovery Channel and written several articles explaining scientific information in a relatable and entertaining manner. Her fourth book, Quirk- Brain Science Makes Sense of your Peculiar Personality, explores the facets of the human personality, which she does by speaking to several scientists dedicated to the study of how personality is formed and visiting the labs in which the scientists perform their research.
Hannah Holmes structures her book using the Five Factor model that many psychology professionals use to research and categorize personality types. This model first divides personality types into five sections, neuroticism, extraversion, agreeableness, conscientiousness, and openness, then breaks these sections down into even more specific categories. She travels to the research facilities of several international specialists in brain chemistry and the development of personality, examining their work in action. She then explains to us what she learns from each of these committed researchers in a clear, conversational manner that provides a well-defined image of both the scientists and their research. She compares the human personality to other mammalian research subjects such as mice, rats, and even voles, then uses real-life examples of humans who act the same way. Her examples are most often centered on the differences between herself and her husband, but she also describes situations involving her father, friends of hers, and incidents with random people on the beach as examples of certain types of behavior.
This is a well-researched and engagingly written book that will help readers to better understand not only their own personalities and those of their friends and neighbors, but also better understand the nature of why each of the personality traits may have evolved in the first place.