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Personality Psychology

Personality Psychology
A Student-Centered Approach

Second Edition
  • Jim McMartin - California State University, Northridge, USA
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March 2016 | 408 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Personality Psychology: A Student-Centered Approach organizes the field of personality psychology around basic questions relevant to the reader’s past, present, and future selves. Answers to the questions are based on findings from up-to-date research and shed light on the validity of personality theories to help students deepen their understanding of their own personalities. Concise, conversational, and easy-to-understand, the Second Edition is enhanced with new chapters, new research that reflects the latest scholarship, and new photos and illustrations throughout.
Part I: Basic Issues in Personaility Psychology
Chapter 1: Using Theory and Research to Understand Personality
Basic Questions about Theories  
Five Personality Theories  
Chapter 2: Research Methods and Personality Assessment
Research Methods  
Personality Assessment  
Ethical Issues In Research And Assessment  
Summing Up: How Should I Interpret My Score On A Personality Test?  
Part II: My Past Self
Chapter 3: Genetic and Temperamental Influences
Behavioral Genetics: The Seeds of Personality  
Chapter 4: Cultivating Personality
Ingredient #1: Parenting Styles  
Ingredient #2: Attachment  
Ingredient #3: Identification  
Part III: My Present Self
Chapter 5: Identity and Self- Esteem
Psychosocial Theory Of Identity  
Humanistic/Narrative Approaches To Identity And Self-Esteem  
Single-Variable Research Programs  
Chapter 6: Needs, Motives, and Goals
Alfred Adler’s Fundamental Human Motive  
Three Humanistic Approaches to Motivation  
Evolutionary Psychology’s View Of Motivation  
Dispositional Approaches To Motivation  
Cognitive Approaches To Motivation  
Chapter 7: Stress And Coping
Interpretational Approaches  
Dispositional Approaches  
Psychodynamic Approaches  
Positive Psychology And Coping  
Chapter 8: Disorders Of Personality
What Is A Personality Disorder?  
Thinking About Personality Disorders: Syndromes or Dimensions?  
Ten Personality Disorders  
Syndromes Vs. Dimensions: Strengths And Weaknesses  
Sources For Diagnosis  
Personality Disorders Over The Life Span  
Part IV: My Future Self
Chapter 9: Expectations, Plans, And Self- Regulation
The Psychology Of Personal Constructs  
Expectancies And Internal Working Models  
Self-Regulation: Threats And Theories  
Chapter 10: Continuity And Change Over The Life Course
Personality Stability And Change  
Levels Of Personality  
Humanistic And Existential Approaches  
Psychodynamic Approaches to Continuity and Change  


Instructor Resource Site
The instructor resource site features a test bank created by the author.

A great book explaining pshycology and personality, a discovery for learners on how theory denotes personality and can be applied to a variety of issues. Recommended as part of thier study programme for reference and research.

Miss Sam Ford
Psychology, Southend Adult Community College
April 25, 2019

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ISBN: 9781483385259