Originally published in 1969, this book deals extensively with the description and measurement of personality.
Beginning with a statement of the principles of typological research in psychology, set against the background of general taxonomic principles in biology, the study discusses in detail results and generalisations from the Eysencks’ previous work. The second part of the book describes several large-scale studies using personality questionnaires prepared by the authors, as well as the standard ones of Cattell and Guilford. There is a comparative study of the Eysenck, Cattell and Guilford inventories, which analyses the degree to which similar factors can be found in these three instruments and discusses areas of agreement and disagreement between the three authors. The third part deals with personality studies in children, and includes a chapter on personality structure in subnormal subjects. These studies are concerned with discovering the extent to which personality structure changes with increasing age, and to what extent it is possible to measure personality in younger children. They also examine sex differences in personality structure, and show quite marked differences between the sexes on a number of primary personality traits.
The results of the Eysencks’ work in this field directed new light on the structure of personality and cast doubt on many widely accepted findings of the time.
Table of Contents
Editors’ introduction Part One: Nature and History of Human Typology H.J. Eysenck 1 Classification in science 2 Principles of numerical taxonomy 3 Historical development of human typology 4 The beginning of the modern period 5 Correlational studies of personality 6 Factor-analytic studies of personality 7 The biological basis of personality 8 The origin and construction of the M.P.I. 9 Research findings with the M.P.I. 10 The validity of the M.P.I. – negative validity 11 The validity of the M.P.I. – positive validity Part Two: Trait and Type Factors 12 S.B.G. Eysenck and H.J. Eysenck The dual nature of extraversion 13 H.J. Eysenck and S.B.G. Eysenck The unitary nature of extraversion 14 H.J. Eysenck, A. Hendrickson and S.B.G. Eysenck The orthogonality of personality structure 15 M.I. Soueif, H.J. Eysenck and P.O. White A joint factorial study of the Guilford, Cattell and Eysenck scales 16 P.O. White, M.I. Soueif and H.J. Eysenck Factors in the Eysenck Personality Inventory 17 H.J. Eysenck, P.O. White and M.I. Soueif Factors in the Cattell Personality Inventory 18 H.J. Eysenck, P.O. White and M.I. Soueif Factors in the Guilford Personality Inventory 19 P.O. White, H.J. Eysenck and M.I. Soueif Combined analysis of Cattell, Eysenck and Guilford factors Part Three: Personality in Children 20 S.Rachman Extraversion and neuroticism in childhood 21 S.B.G. Eysenck Personality dimensions in children 22 S.B.G. Eysenck Personality in subnormal subjects Epilogue Appendix Bibliography and author index Subject index