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The Psychology of Personality: Viewpoints, Research, and Applications, 2nd Edition

The Psychology of Personality: Viewpoints, Research, and Applications, 2nd Edition

Bernardo J. Carducci

ISBN: 978-0-470-62047-2 August 2010 Wiley-Blackwell 736 Pages




This engaging, comprehensive introduction to the field of personality psychology integrates discussion of personality theories, research, assessment techniques, and applications of specific theories. The Psychology of Personality introduces students to many important figures in the field and covers both classic and contemporary issues and research. The second edition reflects significant changes in the field but retains many of the special features that made it a textbook from which instructors found easy to teach and students found easy to learn. Bernardo Carducci’s passion for the study of personality is evident on every page.

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Section I: The Scope and Methods of Personality Psychology:

1: The Psychology of Personality: An Overview to the Study of the Person.

2: Personality Assessment: An Introduction to the Measurement of Personality.

Section II: The Viewpoints of Personality: Different Perspectives of the Person:

3: The Psychodynamic Viewpoint: Forging Personality out of Conflict Resolution.

4: The Viewpoints of Jung and Adler: Early Reactions to Freud.

5: The Viewpoints of Horney, Erikson, and Fromm: The Neo-Freudians.

6: The Viewpoints of Rogers and Maslow: The Humanists.

7: The Trait Viewpoint: Psychological Dispositions Of Personality.

8: The Biological Viewpoint: The Genetic And Psychophysiological Perspectives on Personality.

9: The Evolutionary Viewpoint: Personality as an Adaptive Process.

10: The Social-Cognitive Viewpoint: Cognitive Processes and Personality.

Section III: Selected Topics in the Study of Personality Psychology:

11: The Self-Concept: The Core of Personality.

12: Gender Identity and Personality: A Special Topic in the Study of the Self.

13: Anxiety: An All-Encompassing Intrapersonal Process of Personality.



Author Index.

Subject Index.

  • Covers cultural and evolutionary theories plus new physiological and neurological contributions to personality psychology
  • The Cultural Context of Personality Psychology sections encourage students to explore cultural dimensions of personality in various areas, such as “A Global Perspective on Worker Motivation,” “Cultural Diversity and the MMPI Validity Scale,” and “Personality Correlates of Mate Poachers and Their Targets: A Global Perspective”
  • At the Cutting Edge of Personality Psychology sections feature unique and up-to-date research and applications in the study of personality psychology, such as “Virtual Reality Therapy,” “Searching for Genetic Explanations of Personality,” and “An Evolutionary Analysis of Tactical Fiscal Allocation”
  • New chapter on “The Evolutionary Viewpoint: Personality as an Adaptive Process” (Chapter 9)
  • Reorganized format into thirteen chapters for a better fit for instructors and students
  • Summing It Up tables provide concise and informative summaries of significant concepts
  • "Mini-lectures" added to the Instructor's Manual
"Bernie Carducci’s The Psychology of Personality is a rare treat for both instructors and students. It is comprehensive and scholarly, but is written in an engaging and conversational style — one that makes the subject come alive." Ronald E. Riggio, Director, Kravis Leadership Institute, Claremont McKenna College

"Lucid, engaging, and pedagogically sound--The Psychology of Personality by Bernie Carducci has all the essential elements of a first-class textbook. The whole of personality is covered, with theories, assessment, research, and application each receiving its due. The applications of personality psychology theory and research to a variety of everyday experiences help students to see the relevance of what they are studying and connect the textbook material more directly to their daily lives. Extra pluses include subheadings that point the student to the core issues of subsequent material; ancillaries written by the author with the same high standards as the text; thorough, well-written test questions than even cover tables and figures; and inventive and usable classroom enhancement ideas that make teaching easier and more fun." Lisa Gray-Shellberg, California State University, Dominguez Hills

""Bernardo J. Carducci’s The Psychology of Personality clearly describes many of the key concepts in the field of personality psychology. The author’s enthusiasm is evident throughout the book. The organization of the book allows the reader to easily follow the various theoretical viewpoints in a straightforward manner. I give this book my highest recommendation." Karen Boyd White, Psy.D.

"Carducci offers a comprehensive and up-to-date review of theory and research in the field of personality, but importantly goes beyond traditional texts by emphasizing the applications of personality theory and research in contemporary life. The text also expands upon traditional approaches to include contributions of research in neuroscience and behavioral genetics to the study of personality. Carducci's use of biographical sketches of leading theorists pulls back the curtains on the lives of important figures in the field, helping students to see how their life experiences shaped their work. The "Cutting Edge" feature puts a contemporary face on the face on personality psychology, such as by examining how Karen Horney's personality constructs shed light on our understanding of the tragic events at Columbine and by examining the relationship between Freudian theory and the therapeutic impact of expressive writing ("power of the pen"). All in all, this is a highly readable, student accessible, and thorough treatment of personality theory and research that contemporarizes the field in a way that makes the material interesting, relevant, and timely." Jeffrey Nevid, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology and Clinical Director, St. John's University

Student Study Sample Chapter - Chapter 2

  • Balances theory, research, and the application of personality psychology
  • Examines important dimensions of personality, such as self-concept, gender identity, gender differences, self monitoring, shyness, and anxiety
  • Covers recent shifts in the study of personality such as emphasis on cultural aspects of personality and evolutionary psychology, and includes new developments in research
  • Emphasizes how personality psychology relates to everyday life, and integrates examples that involve family, friends, work and leisure - as well as sociology, biology, criminology, medicine, the military and more
  • 'Closer Look' sections highlight people or topics of interest; 'Applications of Personality Psychology' sections present extended examples of how personality psychology applies to a variety of areas in everyday life; and 'You Can Do It' boxes give students the opportunity to complete a variety of exercises and projects designed to illustrate specific concepts
  • Reorganized format into thirteen chapters for a better fit for instructors and students; "Mini-lectures" added to the Instructor's Manual