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Great Myths of Personality teaches critical thinking skills and key concepts of personality psychology through the discussion of popular myths and misconceptions.





Provides a thorough look at contemporary myths and misconceptions, such as: Does birth order affect personality? Are personality tests an accurate way to measure personality? Do romantic partners need similar personalities for relationship success?

Introduces concepts of personality psychology in an accessible and engaging manner

Focuses on current debates and controversies in the field with references to the latest research and scientific literature
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Product details

  • Hardback | 272 pages
  • 154 x 236 x 20mm | 552g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 1. Auflage
  • 1118521390
  • 9781118521397

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Great Myths of Personality teaches critical thinking skills and key concepts of personality psychology through the discussion of popular myths and misconceptions. Provides a thorough look at contemporary myths and misconceptions, such as: Does birth order affect personality? Are personality tests an accurate way to measure personality? Do romantic partners need similar personalities for relationship success? Introduces concepts of personality psychology in an accessible and engaging manner Focuses on current debates and controversies in the field with references to the latest research and scientific literature
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Table of contents

Introduction


Myth #1: Situational Factors Overwhelm Personality When Predicting Behavior


Myth #2: Personality Measures Do Not Predict Consequential Outcomes (Like Health, Wealth, and Divorce) Well Enough to Be Useful


Myth #3: There is a Single Gene for a Single Personality Trait


Myth #4: Evolutionary Perspectives Are Not Relevant for Personality


Myth #5: People Come in Discrete Personality Types


Myth #6: Personality Is Too Complicated to Be Measured


Myth #7: Personality Measures Can Be Faked So They Are Not Valid


Myth #8: The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Is the Best Approach for Assessing Personality


Myth #9: Projective Tests Are the Best Approach for Measuring Personality


Myth #10: Unstructured Interviews are the Best Approach for Measuring Personality


Myth #11: Most Personality Quizzes in Magazines and on Websites Provide Accurate Information About Your Personality


Myth #12: Personality Traits Do Not Have Much Consistency Across the Life Span


Myth #13: Personality Is Completely Stable (or Set Like Plaster) After Age 30


Myth #14: Traumatic Life Events Dramatically Reshape Personality


Myth #15: Adolescence Is the Most Significant Period of Personality Development


Myth #16: Birth Order Is an Important Influence on Personality


Myth #17: Parenting Practices Are the Major Source of Personality Differences


Myth #18: Happiness Is Completely Determined by Situational Factors


Myth #19: Happiness Is Unrelated to Major Life Events


Myth #20: Happiness Results Primarily From Person-Environment Fit


Myth #21: There Is a 3-to-1 Positivity-to-Negativity Ratio for Flourishing


Myth #22: Personality Trait Similarity Matters for Romantic Relationships


Myth #23: Spouses Are Especially Similar in Terms of Personality Traits or Spouses Have Complementary Personality Traits


Myth #24: High Self-Esteem and Narcissism Are the Same Attribute


Myth #25: Perceptions of National Character Reflect "Real" Group Differences


Myth #26. Personality Is Radically Different From Culture to Culture


Myth #27: Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus (Men and Women Have Dramatically Different Personalities)


Myth #28: Clinicians Can't Treat Personality Disorders


Index
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About M. Brent Donnellan

M. Brent Donnellan is Professor of Psychology at Michigan State University. He investigates research topics at the intersections of personality psychology, psychological assessment, and developmental psychology. He currently serves as the Senior Editor for the Personality section of Collabra: Psychology and as an Associate Editor for Advances in Methods and Practices in Psychological Science. His current research efforts focus on personality trait development, the assessment of well-being and self-esteem, and methodological tools and practices to improve psychological science.
Richard E. Lucas is an MSU Foundation Professor of Psychology at Michigan State University. His research focuses on the causes, consequences, and measurement of subjective well-being. Specifically, he studies the associations between personality and well-being, and he examines the extent to which people adapt to major life events and life circumstances. He is currently an associate editor for Perspectives on Psychological Science and Collabra: Psychology and incoming Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. He is co-author of the book Well-Being for Public Policy (2009) and co-editor of Secondary Data Analysis (2010).
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