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Essential Personality

1st Edition

By Donald Pennington


224 pages

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'Essential Personality' provides a clear, accessible and systematic introduction to the major theoretical approaches for the understanding of human personality. This introductory book assumes no prior knowledge of this core area in psychology and is written for students studying personality for the first time, whether at `A' level, first year undergraduates on psychology degree programmes or students on other courses (for example, nursing, social work or criminology).

Each chapter considers one or more of the major approaches to personality. For each approach, a brief biographical outline of the originating theorist is given. This is followed by clear and straightforward descriptions of the major aspects of each theory together with clear definitions of key concepts, and concludes with an evaluation section that addresses the 'model' of humans underlying the approach, research evidence in support of the theory and questioning the theory. Discussion is also given to personality assessment and therapeutic applications of the theory or approach.

The individual chapters provide figures, diagrams and tables to give a clear understanding of theory and research. and at the end of each chapter, a summary and suggestions for further reading is provided. A glossary at the end of the book provides definitions and explanations of key items, concepts etc.

Table of Contents

Introduction to personality
The Study and Assessment of Personality
Freud and Psychoanalysis
Post-Freudian Developments and Ego Psychology
Psychoanalysis and Object Relations
Dispositional Approaches
Social Learning and Social Cognitive Approaches
Humanistic Approaches to Personality
Other Approaches to Personality

About the Series

Essential Psychology

The Essential Psychology series bridges the gap between simple introductory texts aimed at pre-university students and higher level textbooks for advanced undergraduates.  Each volume in the series provides concise, up-to-date descriptions of the major areas of psychology for first year undergraduates and students taking psychology as a supplement to courses in other disciplines.  The authors are acknowledged experts in the field and explain the basics carefully and engagingly but without the over-simplification often found in introductory textbooks.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Personality
PSYCHOLOGY / Social Psychology