Theories of Personality

Theories of Personality

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The 8th edition of Theories of Personality follows in the tradition of the previous versions, by centering on the premise that personality theories are a reflection of the unique cultural background, family experiences, personalities, and professional training of their originators. The book begins by acquainting students with the meaning of personality and providing them with a solid foundation for understanding the nature of theory, as well as its crucial contributions to science. The chapters that follow present twenty-three major theories: coverage of each theory also encompasses a biographical sketch of each theorist, related research, and applications to real life. Changes in the 8th edition included a new chapter 8 on evolutionary personality theory, focusing on the work of David Buss. The Related Research sections in each chapter have also been updated.

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Product details

  • Paperback | 656 pages
  • 231 x 241 x 25mm | 934g
  • MCGRAW-HILL Professional
  • United States
  • English
  • 8th edition
  • 31 Illustrations, unspecified
  • 0073532193
  • 9780073532196
  • 1,881,085

Table of contents

Part I Introduction
CHAPTER 1 Introduction to Personality Theory What Is Personality? What Is a Theory? Dimensions for a Concept of Humanity Research in Personality Theory
PART II Psychodynamic Theories

CHAPTER 2 Freud: Psychoanalysis Overview of Psychoanalytic Theory Biography of Sigmund Freud Levels of Mental Life Provinces of the Mind Dynamics of Personality Defense Mechanisms Stages of Development Applications of Psychoanalytic Theory Related Research Critique of Freud Concept of Humanity
CHAPTER 3 Adler: Individual Psychology Overview of Individual Psychology Biography of Alfred Adler Introduction to Adlerian Theory Striving for Success or Superiority Subjective Perceptions Unity and Self-Consistency of Personality Social Interest Style of Life Creative Power Abnormal Development Applications of Individual Psychology Related Research Critique of Adler Concept of Humanity
CHAPTER 4 Jung: Analytical Psychology Overview of Analytical Psychology Biography of Carl Jung Levels of the Psyche Dynamics of Personality Causality and Teleology Progression and Regression Psychological Types Development of Personality Jung's Methods of Investigation Related Research Critique of Jung Concept of Humanity
CHAPTER 5 Klein: Object Relations Theory Overview of Object Relations Theory Biography of Melanie Klein Introduction to Object Relations Theory Psychic Life of the Infant Positions Psychic Defense Mechanisms Internalizations Later Views on Object Relations Psychotherapy Related Research vCritique of Object Relations Theory Concept of Humanity
CHAPTER 6 Horney: Psychoanalytic Social Theory Overview of Psychoanalytic Social Theory Biography of Karen Horney Introduction to Psychoanalytic Social Theory Basic Hostility and Basic Anxiety Compulsive Drives Intrapsychic Conflicts Feminine Psychology Psychotherapy Related Research Concept of Humanity
CHAPTER 7 Fromm: Humanistic Psychoanalysis Overview of Humanistic Psychoanalysis Biography of Erich Fromm Fromm's Basic Assumptions Human Needs The Burden of Freedom Character Orientations Personality Disorders Psychotherapy Related Research Critique of Fromm Concept of Humanity
CHAPTER 8 Erikson: Post-Freudian Theory Overview of Post-Freudian Theory Biography of Erik Erikson The Ego in Post-Freudian Theory Stages of Psychosocial Development Erikson's Methods of Investigation Related Research Critique of Erikson Concept of Humanity Humanistic/Existential Theories
PART III Humanistic/Existential Theories

CHAPTER 9 Maslow: Holistic-Dynamic Theory Overview of Holistic-Dynamic Theory Biography of Abraham H. Maslow Maslow's View of Motivation Self-Actualization Philosophy of Science Measuring Self-Actualization The Jonah Complex Psychotherapy Related Research Critique of Maslow Concept of Humanity
CHAPTER 10 Rogers: Person-Centered Theory Overview of Client-Centered Theory Biography of Carl Rogers Person-Centered Theory Psychotherapy The Person of Tomorrow vPhilosophy of Science The Chicago Studies Related Research Critique of Rogers Concept of Humanity
CHAPTER 11 May: Existential Psychology Overview of Existential Psychology Biography of Rollo May Background of Existentialism The Case of Philip Anxiety Guilt Intentionality Care, Love, and Will Freedom and Destiny The Power of Myth Psychopathology Psychotherapy Related Research Critique of May Concept of Humanity
PART IV Dispositional Theories

CHAPTER 12 Allport: Psychology of the Individual Overview of Allport's Psychology of the Individual Biography of Gordon Allport Allport's Approach to Personality Theory Motivation The Study of the Individual Related Research Critique of Allport Concept of Humanity
CHAPTER 13 McCrae and Costa's Five Factor Trait Theory Overview of Trait and Factor Theories The Pioneering Work of Raymond B. Cattell Basics of Factor Analysis The Big Five: Taxonomy or Theory? Biographies of Robert R. McCrae and Paul T. Costa, Jr. In Search of the Big Five Related Research Critique of Trait and Factor Theories Concept of Humanity
PART V Biological/Evolutionary Theories

Chapter 14 Eysenck's Biologically-Based Factor TheoryOverview of Biologically-Based Factor TheoriesEysenck's Factor TheoryDimensions of PersonalityMeasuring PersonalityBiological Bases of PersonalityPersonality as a PredictorRelated ResearchCritique of Eysenck's Biologically Based TheoryConcept of HumanityKey Terms and Concepts
Chapter 15 Buss: Evolutionary Theory of PersonalityOverview of Evolutionary Theory of Personality Biography of David Buss Principles of Evolutionary PsychologyEvolutionary Theory of PersonalityCommon Misunderstandings in Evolutionary TheoryRelated ResearchCritique of EVOLUTIONARY THEORY OF PERSONALITYConcepts of HumanityKey Terms and Concepts
PART VI Learning Theories

CHAPTER 16 Skinner: Behavioral Analysis Overview of Behavioral Analysis Biography of B. F. Skinner Precursors to Skinner's Scientific Behaviorism Scientific Behaviorism Conditioning The Human Organism The Unhealthy Personality Psychotherapy Related Research Critique of Skinner Concept of Humanity
CHAPTER 17 Bandura: Social Cognitive Theory Overview of Social Cognitive Theory Biography of Albert Bandura Learning Triadic Reciprocal Causation Human Agency Self-Regulation Dysfunctional Behavior Therapy Related Research Critique of Bandura Concept of Humanity
CHAPTER 18 Rotter and Mischel: Cognitive Social Learning Theory Overview of Cognitive Social Learning Theory Biography of Julian Rotter Introduction to Rotter's Social Learning Theory Predicting Specific Behaviors Predicting General Behaviors Maladaptive Behavior Psychotherapy Introduction to Mischel's Personality Theory Biography of Walter Mischel Background of the Cognitive-Affective Personality System Cognitive-Affective Personality System Related Research Critique of Cognitive Social Learning Theory Concept of Humanity
CHAPTER 19 Kelly: Psychology of Personal Constructs Overview of Personal Construct Theory Biography of George Kelly Kelly's Philosophical Position Personal Constructs Applications of Personal Construct Theory Related Research Critique of Kelly
References Glossary Photo Credits Name Index Subject Index
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About Jess Feist

Jess FeistHe is emeritus professor of Psychology at McNeese State University.

Gregory Feist (Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley) is Associate Professor of Psychology in Adult Development at San Jose State University. Dr. Feist is widely published in the psychology of creativity, the psychology of science, and the development of scientific talent. One of his major goals is establishing the psychology of science as a healthy and independent study of science, along the lines of the history, philosophy, and sociology of science. His teaching efforts have been recognized by outstanding teaching awards at both the University of California, Davis and the University of California, Berkeley.

Tomi-Ann Roberts teaches psychology at Colorado College.
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