Theories of Personality: Understanding Persons

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Pearson Education, Limited, Feb 1, 2012 - Psychology - 456 pages
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Enlivens theories through illustrative biographies, clear explanations, the latest research

Theories of Personality provides an overview of major classic and current theories of personality, brings theories to life through the interpretation of illustrative biographies, and integrates a clear explanation of theory with the latest research.

In the sixth edition, the organization has changed to reflect the current changes in the field of personality, focusing more on new theories and leaving behind topics that have faded into the historical past.

Learning Goals

Upon completing this book, readers should be able to:

  • Have a clear understanding of the theories of personality
  • Identify the major and current theories of personality
  • Illustrate a real-life example of major concepts of personality theory
  • Apply theoretical ideas to understanding particular individuals they may encounter in their professional work and personal lives

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About the author (2012)

Sue Cloninger is a California native who, after living several places in the U.S. and Germany, has settled in upstate New York for the past three decades. She is a professor of psychology at the Sage Colleges in Troy and Albany, New York, and also teaches online through Empire State College. Currently she chairs the Institutional Research Board (IRB) at The Sage Colleges. Her graduate work at The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, under a National Science Foundation fellowship, focused on personality and motivation. Other interests include topics at the interface of personality and social psychology, such as the self. She’s proud of her son John, an architect. In her spare time, she enjoys music, plays, and gardening.

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