Concepts of Personality

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Joseph M. Wepman, Ralph W. Heine
Transaction Publishers, Sep 1, 2008 - Psychology - 514 pages
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The psychologist who pursues an interest in personality is constantly faced by a dilemma. He seeks to investigate what is to him the most intriguing and interesting subject--the multifaceted operations of man in his natural environment. The predicament lies in the discrepancy between the complexity and richness of man's subjective experience, and the pallid analog of these experiences the psychologist is able to study effectively with the research procedures available to him. In Concepts of Personality Joseph M. Wepman and Ralph W. Heine offer a comprehensive survey of classical and contemporary personality theory, including a wide array of examples of these two trends.

If the psychologist holds to the premises of strict objectivity through controlled observations, he finds himself driven to the periphery of the very problem he seeks to understand. This is a place where the reliability of measurement and the validity and predictability of his instruments can often be specified, but only at the cost of abandoning the goal of useful generality or of application to the individual in his ordinary life circumstances. Concepts of Personality, unlike most books on the subject, is not limited to broad, general theories. It includes chapters on basic processes--learning, perception, genetics, and drive theory; on the major analytical approaches of psychology and psychiatry; on anthropological and sociological contributions; and on the problems of measurement and assessment. Each chapter is by an authority on the point of view expressed.

The editors' introduction, itself a major essay on the complex and divergent patterns and themes of contemporary views of personality, carefully leads the reader through the information at hand. The book as a whole constitutes an encyclopedic summary of the state of the science.

Joseph M. Wepman was professor of psychology and surgery and chairman of the Interdepartmental Clinical and Counseling Psychology Training Program of the University of Chicago. He is the author of Recovering from Aphasia and Aphasia and the Family.

Ralph W. Heine was professor of psychiatry and psychology and chief clinical psychologist in the department of psychiatry at the University of Chicago. He is the author of The Student Physician as Psychotherapist and Psychotherapy.

 

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Contents

LEARNING THEORY AND PERSONALITY
3
PERCEPTION AND PERSONALITY
31
GENETICS AND PERSONALITY
63
ADIENCE SELFACTUALIZATION AND DRIVE THEORY
79
THEORIES OF PERSONALITY
111
CONCEPTS AND THEORIES OF PSYCHOANALYSIS
113
FIELD THEORY IN PSYCHOLOGY KURT LEWIN
142
HUMANISTIC PSYCHOLOGY ALLPORT AND MURRAY
162
PHENOMENOLOGY AND PERSONALITY
291
Social Process and Personality
331
THE CULTURAL CONTEXT OF PERSONALITY THEORY
333
BEHAVIORISM IN PSYCHOLOGICAL ANTHROPOLOGY
361
THE PROBLEM OF PERSONALITY IN SOCIOLOGICAL THEORY
385
Methods of Personality Assessment
411
CONCEPTS OF PERSONALITY GROWING FROM MUTIVARIATE EXPERIMENTS
413
PROBLEMS WITH MEASURING PERSONALITY
449

THE PSYCHOLOGY OF PERSONAL CONSTRUCTS GEORGE KELLY
206
INDIVIDUAL PSYCHOLOGY THE ADLERIAN POINT OF VIEW
234
PERSONALITY THEORY IN BEHAVIORISTIC PSYCHOLOGY
257
THE CLINICAL METHOD IN PERSONALITY ASSESSMENT
474
INDEX
503
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Joseph M. Wepman was professor of psychology and surgery and chairman of the Interdepartmental Clinical and Counseling Psychology Training Program of the University of Chicago. He is the author of Recovering from Aphasia and Aphasia and the Family. Ralph W. Heine was professor of psychiatry and psychology and chief clinical psychologist in the department of psychiatry at the University of Chicago. He is the author of The Student Physician as Psychotherapist and Psychotherapy.

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