After studying the specific neural signatures that underlie what we’ve always thought of as “personality traits,” researchers have identified six dimensions referred to as Emotional Style. What we've thought of as traits (like shyness or impulsivity) are actually related to where we fall on scales like "sensitivity to context" and "resilience."
“Each dimension describes a continuum,” explains researcher Richard Davidson in his book written with Sharon Begley. “Some people fall at one or the other extreme of that continuum, while others fall somewhere in the middle. The combination of where you fall on each dimension adds up to your overall Emotional Style fingerprint.” But there's more: if we want to, we can actually alter our emotional style. What are the six dimensions, and where would you place yourself along them? . . .