Psychology for Living : Adjustment, Growth, and Behavior Today

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  • Edition: 9th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2008-01-01
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
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The author's goal is to increase readers'understanding as well as their knowledge about personal adjustment, in order that they may continue learning on their own. By underscoring several important societal (not just personal) themes, the reader is compelled to focus on other people as much as the self. Content is drawn from the psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, and humanistic viewpoints and includes contributions from clinical, personality, social, and developmental psychology, as well as from cognitive, biological, and health psychology.Recent coverage of science and social issues such as: terrorism and its effects, the present and future of technology, cultural diversity, environmental psychology, positive psychology, population changes, the status of America's children, changes in the American family, historic changes in social attitudes and community problems, gender similarities and differences, especially as related to education, career choice, etc., healthy aging, self-image, information on job searches, types of sexual orientation, stress with special attention on terror and trauma, stigma as it relates to mental disorders as well as the prevalence of various disorders, and alternative forms of therapy such as art therapy and acupuncture.For those interested in applying psychological insights and principles to their own lives as a way of achieving a better understanding of themselves and of living more effectively.

Table of Contents

Self-Direction in a Changing World
The Journey Begins Childhood
Affirmative Aging Adulthood
Seeking Selfhood
Toward Better Health
Taking Charge
Managing Motives and Emotions
Making and Keeping Friends
Leader or Follower?
At Work and Play
Love and Commitment
Understanding Mental Disorders
If You Go for Help
Good Grief and Death Full
Self-Direction in a Changing World
Social Change Living in a Technological World
Living with Other Social Changes
How Certain Is Our Future
The Challenge of Self-Direction
Self-Direction and Society
The Ambiguity of Personal Freedom
Taking Charge of Our Lives
Living in Today's
Individualized Society Themes of Personal Growth
Living With Contradictions and Uncertainty
Continuity and Change
The Experience of Personal Growth
Beyond Individualism
Questions for Self-Reflection For Further Information
The Journey Begins Childhood
Perspectives on Child Development
The Biological Perspective on Child Development
Nature versus Nurture
An Old Debate
A Newer Approach Applying
It to Yourself
The Psychodynamic Perspective on Child Development
Development of Personality
The Structure of Personality
Personality Dynamics Modifications
Applying It to Yourself
The Social-Cognitive Perspective on Child Development
Social Learning Theories
Recent Additions: Cognition and Behavior
Applying It to Yourself
The Humanistic Perspective on Development
The Phenomenal Self Self-Actualization
Applying It to Yourself
Conclusion Developmental Challenges in Childhood
Temperament Self-Recognition and Self-Concept
Exercises Questions for Self-Reflection For Further Information
Affirmative Aging Adulthood Adult Development
Decisions, Decisions, Decisions - Early Adulthood Leaving
Home Choosing a Career Establishing
Close Relationships Starting a Family Same Old
Same Old? - Middle Adulthood
Midlife Transition or Midlife Crisis?
Physical and Cognitive Changes
Possible Career Changes
Sexual Changes
Aging Gracefully - Late Adulthood
Physical and Cognitive Changes
Personal and Social Adjustment
Retirement Successful Aging
Answers to Aging Quiz
Exercises Questions for Self-Reflection For Further Information
Better Than Ever
Seeking Selfhood
What is the Self-Concept Self-Image Ideal self Multiple Selves Core
Characteristics of Self-Concept Self-Consistency Self-Esteem Self-Enhancement and Self-Verification
The Self-Concept and Personal Growth
The Self You'd Like to Be Our Social Selves
Learning from Criticism
Greater Self-Direction
Exercises Questions for Self-Reflection For Further Information
Toward Better Health Body Image
How We Feel About Our Bodies
Our Ideal Body Psychological Factors and Physical Illness
The Immune System
Personality Lifestyle Choices
Environmental Issues Coping with Illness
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