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A completely revised and updated edition of a much-acclaimed textbook providing a critical introduction to human personality for psychology students. Levels of Personality carefully avoids the traditional 'catalogue of theories' approach. Instead it relates theories to each other within a conceptual framework of different levels of behaviour, moving inwards and downwards from 'surface level' explanations. Analytic case studies then apply these levels of understanding to areas of special interest such as aggression and sexuality. The author adopts a deep analytical and critical approach and questions whether personality theory and research have really addressed important questions, or produced useful answers. This new edition incorporates two new chapters on personality disorders and on personality in the workplace, as well as improved pedagogical features including statistics boxes, assessment boxes, relevant websites and key references for each chapter.
Table of Contents
Gideon's army: the study of individual differences
A rather dull person: personality as traits and factors
Working for the peace corps: criticisms of traits and factors
Below the Surface 1: The Biological Line
Brave new world: learning and habit models
Eysenck's demon: biological accounts of personality
Below the Surface 2: The Phenomenal Line
Tumbleweed or boulder? The phenomenal approach to personality
I didn't get where I am today by reading stuff like this: explaining personality by the self-concept
Below the Surface 3: The Motivational Line
The ancient Greek export drive: motives and instincts
The man who collected Bradshaws: psychodynamic accounts of personality
The school bully: aspects of aggression
Does peace prevent homosexuality? Theories of sexual orientation
Bouncing back: resilience
Is Hitler mad? Personality disorders
Square pegs and round holes: personality in the workplace
The line ahead: the future of personality research
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