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Personality: Theory and Research, 14th Australia & New Zealand Edition


ISBN: 9781119571582

An invaluable resource for over four decades, Personality examines the fundamental theories and concepts of personality psychology while exploring contemporary research, new methodologies, and the latest technological advancements. Through a well-rounded blend of theory, case studies, and the latest research, this text identifies the structures and processes of personality, traces personality development, and highlights the value of therapeutic change.

An effective pedagogical structure enhances student interest while strengthening objectivity and critical-thinking skills. Psychodynamic, social-cognitive, phenomenological, and trait-theoretic perspectives are presented in an unbiased—yet critical—fashion that encourages students to compare theories, evaluate evidence, analyze data, and form their own conclusions. Thorough historical coverage is balanced with discussions of the current state of the field, providing a solid understanding of theory and methods as relevant to practice today. Suitable for introductory coursework, this text also serves as a valuable resource for advanced studies and as a reference for professionals in psychology and related fields.

The fourteenth edition has been updated to include: expanded and streamlined coverage to reflect each topic’s importance in modern research, theory, and practice, a Contemporary Developments features that highlights specific 21st century theories that directly address limitations in previously accepted thinking, and discussions of modern research methods that details the use of new technology, such as computerized text analysis applied to social media.


  • Illustrates the interconnection between theory, research, and clinical practice.

  • Highlights the contributions of neuroscience in advancing all aspects of personality theory and research.

  • Provides a comparative learning framework that capitalizes on student intuition to encourage critical thinking and self-exploration.

  • Presents complex ideas in an accessible, easy to follow style that directly engages students without oversimplifying critical points.

  • Incorporates case studies to illustrate general concepts through specific examples.

  • Emphasises major theories over those with little relevance to the modern field.

Daniel Cervone,

Lawrence A. Pervin

Chapter 1. Personality Theory: From everyday observations to systematic theories
Chapter 2. The scientific study of people
Chapter 3. A psychodynamic theory: Freud’s Psychoanalytic Theory of Personality
Chapter 4. Freud’s Psychoanalytic Theory: Applications, related theoretical conceptions and contemporary research
Chapter 5. A phenmoenological theory: Carl Roger’s Person-Centred Theory of Personality
Chapter 6. Roger’s Phenomenological Theory: Applications, related theoretical conceptions, and contemporary research
Chapter 7. Trait theories of personality: Allport, Eysenck and Cattell
Chapter 8. Trait theory: The five-factor model and contemporary developments
Chapter 9. Biological foundations of personality
Chapter 10. Behaviourism and the learning approaches to personality
Chapter 11. A cognitive theory: George A. Kelly’s Personal Construct Theory of Personality
Chapter 12. Social-Cognitive Theory: Bandura and Mischel
Chapter 13. Social-Cognitive Theory: Applications, related theoretical conceptions and contemporary developments
Chapter 14. Personality in context: Interpersonal relations, culture and development across the course of life

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