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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.