An Introduction to Theories of Personality

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Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2003 - Psychology - 468 pages
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Robert Ewen's An Introduction to Theories of Personality helps students unravel the mysteries of human behavior through its highly readable introduction to the ideas of the most significant theorists and related new research. Engaging biographical sketches open each chapter and unique capsule summaries help students review key concepts. Theories come alive through the inclusion of quotations from the theorists' writings and numerous applications, such as dream interpretation, psychopathology, and psychotherapy.

Significant changes in the sixth edition include:
*A Reorganization according to the five major perspectives (psychodynamic, humanistic, trait, behaviorist, and cognitive) to help clarify the major approaches to personality for the student.

*New boxes at the beginning of each chapter to highlight the theorist's objectives and what he or she was trying to accomplish.

*New glossaries of key concepts and of theorists, to help students organize their studies.

*New tables and charts to help clarify distinctions between theorists.

*Expanded applications to everyday life.

*An increased emphasis on the social cognitive perspective, with a chapter devoted entirely to Albert Bandura.

*Expanded material on the factor-analytic trait theory, with new material on the "Big Five" theory and Hans Eysenck.

An Instructor's Manual With Test Questions contains an overview of each objective noted in the chapter opening and three types of exam questions: multiple-choice, and short and long essay. Dr. Ewen's revised text is intended for courses on theories of personality and/or psychology of personality.

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Excellent book, very well written and structured. For anyone who wants to understand and compare theories of personality, this is a must read

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Great book on personality theories - each chapter covers each theorist's ideas thoroughly. I loved the questions at the back of each chapter, as well as the capsule summaries. Some books other books are confusing and have too many extra boxes on the sides; the content here is arranged well. Read full review

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