Personality Psychology: Domains of Knowledge About Human Nature

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  • Edition: 4th
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2009-10-28
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Languages
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Using a novel organizational framework, one that emphasizes domains of knowledge about human nature, this trusted text presents the field of contemporary personality psychology as a collection of interrelated topics and themes. The emphasis, as always, is on the scientific basis of understanding human nature. The fourth edition continues to answer the needs of instructors by covering topics that do not fit into the framework of theory-based texts. It features updates on cutting edge trends in personality psychology in relation to culture, gender, evolution, genetics, emotion, self, health psychology, and personality disorders, while providing a solid foundation in the more traditional areas of trait psychology, psychoanalysis, and cognitive and social approaches to personality. Presented in a colorful and accessible format, the provides exercises, personality questionnaires, "Closer Look" boxes, current news boxes, and many charts, graphs, and photos to engage students in the material.

Table of Contents


1. Introduction to Personality Psychology

2. Personality Assessment, Measurement, and Research Design

Part I: The Dispositional Domain

3. Traits and Trait Taxonomies

4. Theoretical and Measurement Issues in Trait Psychology

5. Personality Dispositions over Time: Stability, Change, and Coherence

Part II: The Biological Domain

6. Genetics and Personality

7. Physiological Approaches to Personality

8. Evolutionary Perspectives on Personality

Part III: The Intrapsychic Domain

9. Psychoanalytic Approaches to Personality

10. Psychoanalytic Approaches: Contemporary Issues

11. Motives and Personality

Part IV: The Cognitive/Experiential Domain

12. Cognitive Topics in Personality

13. Emotion and Personality

14. Approaches to the Self

Part V: The Social and Cultural Domain

15. Personality and Social Interaction

16. Sex, Gender, and Personality

17. Culture and Personality

Part VI: The Adjustment Domain

18. Stress, Coping, Adjustment, and Health

19. Disorders of Personality


20. Summary and Future Directions

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