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Personality Theories

Personality Theories
Critical Perspectives

October 2008 | 720 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Personality Theories, by Albert Ellis - the founding father of Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy - provides a comprehensive review of all major theories of personality including theories of personality pathology. Importantly, it critically reviews each of these theories in light of the competing theories as well as recent research.

Personality Theories is written for the advanced undergraduate or graduate student. This audience will strongly benefit from the clinical insights offered in the text. These insights are drawn from main author Albert Ellis' half-century of clinical experience as well as his intimate knowledge of most of the iconic figures who along with Ellis helped develop clinical psychology.

Ch 1. The Study of Personality: Introduction
Ch 2. Historical Perspectives on Personality
Ch 3. Personality Research
Ch 4. Freud and the Dynamic Unconscious
Ch 5. Psychoanalysis in Theory and Practice
Ch 6. Freud's Followers
Ch 7. Psychiatric and Medical Models
Ch 8. The Neo-Freudians
Ch 9. Personality and Traits
Ch 10. Behaviorist Views of Personality
Ch 11. Humanistic Views of Personality
Ch 12. Carl Rogers and Humanist Psychotherapy
Ch 13. Early Cognitive Views of Personality
Ch 14. Biology, Genetics, and the Evolution of Personality
Ch 15. Abnormal Personality and Personality Disorders
Ch 16. Albert Ellis and the Rational Emotive Behavioral Theory of Personality
Ch 17. Religious, New Age, and Traditional Approaches to Personality
Biographical Index
About the Authors

"Finally, an empirically based, critical examination of personality theories."

Richard W. Williams, Ph.D.
SUNY Potsdam

This book is comprehensive yet accessible for undergrad students, and the critical insights provided are extremely important to help them develop their own critical thought, as well as better understanding personality theories.

Dr Maria Francisca Rebocho
Psychology, Universidade Portucalense Infante D. Henrique
August 29, 2019

Excellent compilation of the main used theories to study personality. Matchless historical perspective about the development of the study of personality. Very good book.

Dr Florbela Soares Teixeira
Education, Coventry University College
October 24, 2016

This is an excellent text book offering a comprehensive view of personality theories. My opinion is that this may be the only text book required for anyone studying not just psychology but other topics such as counselling, mental health and nursing.

Ms Victoria Louise Booth
H.E Care, Grimsby Institute of HE & FE
December 6, 2015

All of students attending psychology course have to read this book. People who want to read this book do not have any trouble to understand what it says. Eventually, it is well designed and qualified.

Mr Azkan Çikrıkci
Educational Sciences, Artvin Coruh University
February 15, 2014

Easy to follow and teach from

Ms Maritza Santana
Psychology Human Ecology Dept, Cameron University
August 2, 2013

The book is well-written and accessible, but is a bit dated - for example doesn't really acknowledge current thinking about 'subpersonalities'.

Mr John Perry
School of Medicine, Southampton University
June 28, 2012

I adopted it for last semester (spring) & will be using it again this fall 2012 because it has contents for graduate level students.

Dr Mojisola Tiamiyu
Psychology Dept, University of Toledo
June 16, 2012

An excellent and in-depth text that provides information across a wide range of perspectives. Recommended for general wider reading to students.

Mrs Jackie Chivers
Adult Continuing Education, Swansea University
May 21, 2012

This textbook is reasonably priced and has excellent, up to date content.

Dr Colleen McDonough
Arts and Sciences, Neumann University
January 6, 2012

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