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Personality Psychology

The Basics, 1st Edition

By Stanley Gaines Jr.


232 pages

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Personality Psychology: The Basics provides a jargon-free and accessible overview of the discipline, focusing on why not all individuals think, feel, speak, or act the same way in the same situation.

The book offers a brief history of the area, covering a range of perspectives on personality including psychodynamic, behaviourist, humanistic, and cognitive approaches. Also featuring fascinating case studies to richly illustrate the theories discussed, the text covers influential theories and related research within each of the major schools of thought in personality psychology. Rigorously examining the fundamental principles of personality psychology, the author concludes by outlining the future of the area in relation to cutting edge research and potential future trends.

Exploring the major personality theories that seek to explain why people behave as they do in eight reader-friendly chapters, this is an essential introduction for students who are approaching personality psychology for the first time

Table of Contents

1. An introduction to personality psychology

2. Psychodynamic perspectives on personality

3. Behaviourist perspectives on personality

4. Humanistic and existential perspectives on personality

5. Trait perspectives on personality

6. Cognitive perspectives on personality

7. Biological and evolutionary perspectives on personality

8. Concluding thoughts on personality psychology

About the Author

Dr. Stanley O. Gaines, Jr. (Senior Lecturer, Brunel University London) specialises in the fields of relationship science and ethnic studies. He has authored or co-authored more than 100 publications, including Personality and Close Relationship Processes (Cambridge University Press, 2016/2018), winner of the Distinguished Book Award from the International Association for Relationship Research in 2018. Moreover, he has served as principal investigator or co-investigator for studies that have been funded by organisations such as the American Psychological Foundation, Ford Foundation, Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues, Fulbright Foundation, and the Economic and Social Research Council in collaboration with UKAid.

About the Series

The Basics

The Basics is a highly successful series of accessible guidebooks which provide an overview of the fundamental principles of a subject area in a jargon-free and undaunting format.

Intended for students approaching a subject for the first time, the books both introduce the essentials of a subject and provide an ideal springboard for further study. With over 50 titles spanning subjects from Artificial Intelligence to Women’s Studies, The Basics are an ideal starting point for students seeking to understand a subject area.

Each text comes with recommendations for further study and gradually introduces the complexities and nuances within a subject.

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Subject Categories

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