The Person: An Introduction to the Science of Personality Psychology, 5th Edition

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  • Edition: 5th
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2008-12-01
  • Publisher: WILEY

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The Person provides psychologists with an organizational scheme for personality psychology. This sets the study of the person into evolutionary and cultural context and divided personality up into three broad areas: dispositional traits, characteristic adaptations, and integrative life stories. The fifth edition has been updated to reflect advances that have occurred in the field of psychology in the past few years. It presents new findings that have been obtained with respect to the correlates of personality traits, the dynamics of motives and goals in human lives, and the meanings and manifestations of life stories. Discussions are included on the new ideas on evolution and morality as well as the role of culture in personality. Psychologists will also find a much stronger and detailed discussion of psychophysiology of extraversion, neuroticism, and the train of sensation-seeking.

Table of Contents

The Background: Persons, Human Nature, and Culture
Studying the Person
Evolution and Human Nature
Social Learning and Culture
Sketching the Outline: Dispositional Traits and the Prediction of Behavior
Personality Traits: Fundamental Concepts and Issues
Five Basic Traits - In the Brain and in Behavior
Continuity and Change in Traits: The Role of Genes, Environments, and Time
Filling in the Details: Characteristic Adaptations to Life Tasks
Motives and Goals: What Do We Want in Life?
Self and Other: Social-Cognitive Aspects of Personality
Developmental Stages and Tasks
Making a Life: The Stories We Live By
Life Scripts, Life Stories
The Interpretation of Stories: From Freud to Today
Writing Stories of Lives: Biography and Life Course
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