Originally published in 1950, the need for a small standard text on basic principles of personality structure and development had been very apparent to teachers of psychology for some time. There were many books illustrating specialized or applied aspects of the psychology of personality – such as abnormal psychology, educational psychology, child psychology, mental measurement, vocational guidance, etc. – but lacking was a treatment of personality study as pure psychology, concentrating on the fundamentals. The aim of this title was therefore to bring the general problems of personality description and development, normal and abnormal, into a single perspective and to integrate the principle fields of observation in clear cut generalizations.
Preface. 1. Problems of Personality Study 2. Inherited, Constitutional Influences in Personality 3. Psychodynamics I: The Rise of Normal Personality Structures 4. Psychodynamics II: Further Analysis of Basic Structures and Functions 5. Psychodynamics III: The Progress of Adjustment or Maladjustment 6. The Abnormal Personality, Neurotic and Psychotic 7. The Description of Personality 8. The Measurement of Personality 9. Personality and the Body: Psychosomatics 10. Personality and the Cultural Pattern 11. The Life Course of Personality. Subject Index. Author Index.
The study of personality has a long history and many different theoretical viewpoints within psychology. Psychology Library Editions: Personality (16 Volume set) presents titles, originally published between 1950 and 1997, covering many of these traditions and theories. It includes contributions from many well-respected academics and is a fascinating insight into this diverse field.