Originally published in 1988, this second edition of The Construction of Personality has been substantially revised and updated. The author provides an introduction to current theory and research in the psychology of personality at the time and examines this work from the perspective of constructivism. As a consequence of this constructivist approach, the book covers topics from social psychology (e.g. person perception, impression formation) as well as more conventional areas of personality.
In this new edition the constructivist perspective is emphasized by the addition of a new chapter in which the constructivist approach to personality is presented, and the chapters on the lay and self perspectives have been extensively re-written. All the other chapters have been revised to include recent material.
Acknowledgments. 1. The Concept of Personality Part 1 – Explicit Personality: The Personality Theorist’s Perspective 2. Single-trait Theories 3. Multi-trait Theories 4. Personality and Consistency Part 2 – Implicit Personality: The Lay Perspective 5. The Lay Perspective 6. Implicit versus Explicit Personality Theories Part 3 – The Self Perspective and Personality Construction 7. The Self Perspective 8. The Construction of Personality Part 4 – Applications of the Constructivist Approach 9. Personality Over the Life-Span 10. Criminal Personality. Bibliography.
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.