Personality: theory and research

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Wiley, 2001 - Medical - 621 pages
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In Personality: Theory and Research, 10th Edition the overall format of the text remains the same. The ordering of chapters, integrating theory with research, has been retained. The text aims to introduce the primary theoretical perspectives that guide contemporary research on personality and individual differences, while reviewing a wide range of contemporary scientific findings on personality. Throughout the text, emphasis is placed on how theory and research inform one another. Rich case material shows how the theoretical conceptions yield insight into the lives of individual persons. In keeping with the long tradition of this text, the new edition treats each theoretical approach objectively and even-handedly, encouraging readers to weigh the evidence and to formulate their own conclusions.

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This was the worst read that I have probably ever experienced in psychology. It was in fact, this book that made me question whether or not I was any longer interested in psychology. I studied this book, I tried to read this book, and between being completely confused and trying to stay awake through it, I barely was able to sqeeuze past the gradebook with a "C". For the record, I am capable of a 3.5 on accident and try my best to not fall below a 3.95 - never been a 4.0 for more than a year, as you probably may know, personality conflicts and differences of opinions are not always kept seperate from many gradebooks and don't normally fair well with self-important instructors and professors.
Though, I must say, this course, when I took it was offered by one of the best psychology professors that I had ever had, and even she, took time to appologize to the class for selecting such a horrible book and she wished had had more time to select other subject material for her Intro to Personalities course.
This material was lacking in depth, or maybe it was the depth that distracted us from what we were trying to learn. I think this class average, of normally A & B students, dropped dead to the lucky C average, with many others, leaving due to lack of interest and comprehension of the material.
Every author and every book must serve some purpose, if not for the only purpose of being different or interesting in some odd way, this would definately not be the book that I would choose to discover personality. Honestly, not sure if it is "Gary W." the case study that puts me off, or if it is just the authors style of presenting the subject matter. Needless to say, "Gary W." is not where I would ever suggest beginning, definately not with this book.
 

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User Review  - Melissa Turner - Goodreads

Thorough coverage of western concepts of personality but completely unaware of it's own androcentric/eurocentric bias. Culture and Gender aspects consistently in the back of chapters as an after thought. Read full review

Contents

FROM EVERYDAY OBSERVATIONS
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CHAPTER
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MAJOR CONCEPTS
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Lawrence A. Pervin, Rutgers University
Oliver P. John, University of California, Berkeley

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