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Personality Psychology
A Student-Centered Approach

Second Edition
  • Jim McMartin - California State University, Northridge, USA
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February 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

 
Temperament

 
 
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
Introduction

 
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

 

Supplements

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

Well-written book which grasps the essentials of personality psychology. I chose selected chapters of this book to adopt in my class.

Dr Stephanie Hanke
Faculty of Psychology, Ruhr-University Bochum
April 11, 2019
Key features
NEW TO THIS EDITION:

  • A new chapter on research methods (Chapter 2) facilitates students’ understanding of contemporary personality research and helps them evaluate the various approaches to understanding personality.
  • A new chapter on disorders of personality (Chapter 8) offers a unique approach to understanding disorders of personality by directly comparing the traditional medical syndrome counting method with current psychological research that conceptualizes disorders in terms of extreme positions on personality traits.
  • Up-to-date research—with the majority of citations from 2010 to 2016—reflects the most recent scholarship in the field.
  • A focus on student-relevant research includes scholarship on such topics as Facebook, “hook-ups,” procrastination, and coping with stress.
  • Two additional theoretical orientations—trait theory and evolutionary theory—broaden the book’s scope.
  • Motives especially interesting to students, including mating, belonging to a group, and the dark triad, have been added to Chapter 6.
  • Chapter-ending Internet Resources allow students to take various personality tests online, encouraging engagement with the material.
  • New graphics, including a photograph of a major theorist, tables, graphs, illustrations, and two to three cartoons in every chapter, engage visual learners and highlight key concepts.
  • New coverage of the Identity Fusion Theory (e.g., suicide bombers) introduces students to a topic extremely relevant to today's world. 
KEY FEATURES: 

  • A question-and-answer format invites students to approach personality psychology with an active attitude of critical inquiry in their search for knowledge and self-discovery.
  • Extensive coverage of evolutionary psychology helps students understand this important contemporary theory.
  • Real-world examples in each chapter help students relate to the material on a personal level.
  • Easy-to-understand coverage of five major theoretical orientations to personality—including  psychodynamic, trait theory, cognitive/social learning, humanistic/existential/narrative, and evolutionary—helps students evaluate each theory in terms of how much it contributes to an understanding of their own personalities and lives and come to a deeper understanding of the personality theories.

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 5

Chapter 6


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