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Personality Psychology

Personality Psychology: A Student-Centered Approach organizes the field of personality psychology around basic questions relevant to the reader's past, present, and future selves. Answers to the questions are based on findings from up-to-date research and shed light on the validity of personality theories to help students deepen their understanding of their own personalities. Concise, conversational, and easy-to-understand, the Second Edition is enhanced with new chapters, new research that reflects the latest scholarship, and new photos and illustrations throughout.
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Table of Contents

Part I: Basic Issues in Personaility PsychologyChapter 1: Using Theory and Research to Understand Personality Basic Questions about Theories Five Personality TheoriesChapter 2: Research Methods and Personality Assessment Research Methods Personality Assessment Ethical Issues In Research And Assessment Summing Up: How Should I Interpret My Score On A Personality Test?Part II: My Past SelfChapter 3: Genetic and Temperamental Influences Behavioral Genetics: The Seeds of Personality TemperamentChapter 4: Cultivating Personality Ingredient #1: Parenting Styles Ingredient #2: Attachment Ingredient #3: IdentificationPart III: My Present SelfChapter 5: Identity and Self- Esteem Introduction Psychosocial Theory Of Identity Humanistic/Narrative Approaches To Identity And Self-Esteem Single-Variable Research ProgramsChapter 6: Needs, Motives, and Goals Alfred Adler's Fundamental Human Motive Three Humanistic Approaches to Motivation Evolutionary Psychology's View Of Motivation Dispositional Approaches To Motivation Cognitive Approaches To MotivationChapter 7: Stress And Coping Interpretational Approaches Dispositional Approaches Psychodynamic Approaches Positive Psychology And CopingChapter 8: Disorders Of Personality What Is A Personality Disorder? Thinking About Personality Disorders: Syndromes or Dimensions? Ten Personality Disorders Syndromes Vs. Dimensions: Strengths And Weaknesses Sources For Diagnosis Personality Disorders Over The Life SpanPart IV: My Future SelfChapter 9: Expectations, Plans, And Self- Regulation The Psychology Of Personal Constructs Expectancies And Internal Working Models Self-Regulation: Threats And TheoriesChapter 10: Continuity And Change Over The Life Course Personality Stability And Change Levels Of Personality Humanistic And Existential Approaches Psychodynamic Approaches to Continuity and Change

About the Author

Jim McMartin is Emeritus Professor of Psychology, California State University, Northridge. He began his career as a Research Associate at the Institute for Developmental Studies in New York City. He helped to collect and analyze seminal data showing the academic benefits of pre-school experiences. The data from this well-controlled field experiment, as well as replicated findings from similar research programs across the United States, led to federal funding for the Head Start Program. He earned degrees in psychology from Fordham University (B.S.), Brooklyn College (M.A.), and the University of Minnesota (Ph.D.). He has published in such journals as the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Human Relations, Sociometry, among others, as well as invited articles for the International Encyclopedia of Psychiatry, Psychology, Psychoanalysis, and Neurology. He lives in Camarillo, California, with his wife, Rory Ann, who created the illustrations throughout this book, as faithful servants to our fine feline, Samantha, a.k.a. She-Who-Must-Be-Obeyed.

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