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In this book Frank Dumont presents personality psychology with a fresh description of its current status as well as its prospects. Play, sex, cuisine, creativity, altruism, pets, grieving rituals, and other oft-neglected topics broaden the scope of this fascinating study. This tract is imbued with historical perspectives that reveal the continuity in the evolving science and research of this discipline over the past century. The author places classic schemas and constructs, as well as current principles, in the context of their socio-political catalysts. He further relates this study of the person to life-span developmental issues and to cultural, gender-specific, trait-based, genetic/epigenetic, and evolutionary research findings. Personality psychology has recently reconciled itself to more modest paradigms for describing, explaining, and predicting human behaviour than it generated in the 19th and 20th centuries. This book documents that transformation, providing valuable information for health-service professionals as well as to teachers, researchers, and scientists.Read more
- Presents a current personality psychology with a fresh description of its status as well as its prospects
- Written in a clear, accessible way with all technical terms defined
- Includes an examination of the changes and transformations of studying personality through broad historical contexts
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"Topics include such neglected areas of research as play in middle and later adulthood."
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"...This tour through the centuries illustrates how enlightening and invaluable personality theory is to psychology and many other intellectual pursuits. As much an intellectual history as it is a history of personality, this enjoyable book-with its slight quirks-will appeal to those who work in personality or related areas or who want to broaden their understanding of the field... Highly recommended..."
--D. S. Dunn, Moravian College, CHOICE
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- Date Published: March 2010
- format: Hardback
- isbn: 9780521116329
- length: 574 pages
- dimensions: 229 x 152 x 37 mm
- weight: 1.01kg
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
1. Historical overview of personality psychology
2. From illness models to wellness models of human nature
3. Developmental perspectives on personality: from youth-based to lifespan models
4. The biological substrate of personality
5. Trait theories and the psychology of individual differences
6. The puzzle of the self
7. Culture and personality
8. Gendered personality
9. Emotions and rationality: a definition of the human
10. Taking the measure of the human: benefits and inherent limitations of personality measures
11. Personality change: means and possibilities
12. Disordered personality: evolution of nosological systems
13. Eight appendices: at the margins of personality psychology.
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