Dimensions of Personality (Google eBook)

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Transaction Publishers, 1950 - Psychology - 308 pages
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This is the original work on which Hans Eysenck's fifty years of research have been built. It introduced many new ideas about the nature and measurement of personality into the field, related personality to abnormal psychology, and demonstrated the possibility of testing personality theory experimentally. The book is the result of a concentrated and cooperative effort to discover the main dimensions of personality, and to define them operationally, that is, by means of strictly experimental, quantitative procedures. More than three dozen separate researches were carried out on some 10,000 normal and neurotic subjects by a research team of psychologists and psychiatrists.

A special feature of this work is the close collaboration between psychologists and psychiatrists. Eysenck believes that the exploration of personality would have reached an advanced state much earlier had such a collaboration been the rule rather than the exception in studies of this kind. Both disciplines benefit by working together on the many problems they have in common.

In his new introduction, Eysenck discusses the difficulty he had in conveying this belief to scientists from opposite ends of the psychology spectrum when he first began work on this book. He goes on to explain the basis from which "Dimensions of Personality "developed. Central to any concept of personality, he states, must be hierarchies of traits organized into a dimensional system. The two major dimensions he posited, neuroticism and extraversion, were in disfavor with most scientists of personality at the time. Now they form part of practically all descriptions of personality. "Dimensions of Personality "is a landmark study and should be read by both students and professionals in the fields of psychiatry, psychology, and sociology.

  

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Contents

METHODS AND DEFINITIONS
1
THE EXPERIMENTAL POPULATION
2
THEORIES OF TEMPERAMENT
10
GENERALITY VERSUS SPECIFICITY
14
ARRANGEMENT OF MATERIAL
19
DEFINITIONS AND CONCEPTS
22
THEORY OF PERSONALITY STRUCTURE
28
SUMMARY
32
LEVEL OF ASPIRATION
128
PERSONAL TEMPO
144
PERSEVERATION
154
PERSISTENCE
158
SUMMARY
160
SUGGESTIBILITY AND HYPNOSIS
161
TYPES OF SUGGESTIBILITY
165
THE NATURE OF PRIMARY SUGGESTIBILITY
174

ASSESSMENTS AND RATINGS
33
NEUROTICISM
37
THEORIES OF NEUROTICISM
41
INTROVERSIONEXTRAVERSION
51
THEORIES OF INTROVERSIONEXTRAVERSION
56
QUESTIONNAIRE STUDY OF NEUROTICISM
61
QUESTIONNAIRE STUDY OF PERSISTENCE AND IRRITABILITY
70
SUMMARY
72
PHYSIQUE AND CONSTITUTION
74
PERSONALITY CORRELATES OF PHYSIQUE
83
SALIVARY SECRETION
95
DARK VISION
97
CHOLINE ESTERASE SECRETION
101
EXERCISE RESPONSE
103
OSCILLATION REVEAL OF PERSPECTIVE
106
SUMMARY
110
ABILITY AND EFFICIENCY
111
SCATTER AS A PERSONALITY VARIABLE
118
SPEEDED VERSUS UNSPEEDED TESTS
126
PERSONALITY CORRELATES OF PRIMARY SUGGESTIBILITY
184
HYSTERIA AND SUGGESTIBILITY
190
IDEOMOTOR ACTION
193
NARCOSIS AND SUGGESTIBILITY
199
SUMMARY
200
APPRECIATION AND EXPRESSION
202
GENERAL THEORY
206
THE RANKING RORSCHACH TEST
212
TYPES OF AESTHETIC APPRECIATION
219
COLOURFORM ATTITUDES
220
SENSE OF HUMOUR
225
MOSAIC CONSTRUCTION AND GRAPHOLOGY
234
SUMMARY
242
SYNTHESIS AND CONCLUSIONS
244
AN EXPERIMENTAL STUDY IN THE METHODOLOGY OF FACTOR ANALYSIS
263
STATIC ATAXIA AS AN INDEX OF NEUROTICISM
273
BIBLIOGRAPHY AND AUTHOR INDEX
279
SUBJECT INDEX
304
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