An Introduction to Theories of Personality
Published October 5th 2009 by Psychology Press – 472 pages
This 7th Edition helps students unravel the mysteries of human behavior through its highly readable introduction to the ideas of the most significant personality theorists.
Engaging biographical sketches begin each chapter, and unique capsule summaries help students review key concepts. Theories come alive through the inclusion of quotations from the theorists’ writings and numerous applications such as dream interpretation, psychopathology, and psychotherapy.
Significant changes in the 7th edition include an extended discussion of the practical applications of personality theory, with an emphasis on guidelines that can help people increase their self-knowledge, make better decisions, and live more fulfilling lives.
Fictionalized but true-to-life examples illustrating the perils of inadequate self-knowledge include college students, parents, terrorists, business executives, and politicians, while other examples show the positive outcomes that can result from a better understanding of one’s unconscious.
This 7th edition also includes a more extensive discussion of how a lack of self-understanding caused difficulties for such noted theorists as Freud and Erikson, and a new section that explains how behavior can be strongly influenced by the situation as well as by one’s personality.
Finally, a new interactive web site provides practice test questions and other topics of interest.
Preface. Part 1. The Psychodynamic Perspective. 1. Introduction. 2. Sigmund Freud: Psychoanalysis. 3. Carl Gustav Jung: Analytical Psychology. 4. Alfred Adler: Individual Psychology. 5. Karen Horney: Neurosis and Human Growth. 6. Erich Fromm: The Escape from Freedom. 7. Harry Stack Sullivan: The Interpersonal Theory of Psychiatry. 8. Erik Erikson: Ego Psychology. Part 2. The Humanistic Perspective. 9. Carl R. Rogers: Self-Actualization Theory (I). 10. Abraham H. Maslow: Self-Actualization Theory (II). 11. Rollo May: Existential Psychology. Part 3. The Trait Perspective. 12. Gordon W. Allport: Trait Theory. 13. Raymond B. Cattell and Others: Factor-Analytic Trait Theory. Part 4. The Behaviorist Perspective. 14. B.F. Skinner: Radical Behaviorism. Part 5. The Cognitive Perspective. 15. George A. Kelly: The Psychology of Personal Constructs. 16. Albert Bandura: Social-Cognitive Theory. 17. Conclusion. Appendix. Case Material For Use With The Study Questions . Glossary of Terms. Glossary of Theorists. Bibliography . Credits. Index.
Robert B. Ewen, Ph.D., teaches advanced placement psychology at Gulliver Preparatory School in Miami, Florida. He previously taught at New York University and Florida International University. Dr. Ewen is also the co-author of a successful college text on statistics for the behavioral sciences that is currently in its sixth edition.