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Theories of Personality, 8th Edition

The 8th edition of Theories of Personality follows in the tradition of the previous versions, by centering on the premise that personality theories are a reflection of the unique cultural background, family experiences, personalities, and professional training of their originators. The book begins by acquainting students with the meaning of personality and providing them with a solid foundation for understanding the nature of theory, as well as its crucial contributions to science. The chapters that follow present twenty-three major theories: coverage of each theory also encompasses a biographical sketch of each theorist, related research, and applications to real life. Changes in the 8th edition included a new chapter 8 on evolutionary personality theory, focusing on the work of David Buss. The Related Research sections in each chapter have also been updated.

About the Author

Gregory J. Feist has taught at San Jose State University in California. He received his Ph.D. in Personality Psychology from the University of California – Berkeley and is Undergraduate degree from the University of Massachusetts – Amherst. He is widely published in personality and creativity, scientific eminence, and the psychology of science. His research in creativitiy has been recognized by receipt of an Erly Career Award from Division for Psychology and the Arts (Division 10) of the American Psychological Association. He is also on the Editorial Board of Review of General Psychology.

Tomi-Ann Roberts is the Winkler Herman Professor of Psychology at Colorado College. She received her PhD in social and personality psychology in 1990 from Stanford University, and her BA in psychology from Smith College in 1985. Her publications in the areas of gender, personality, and emotion psychology include “Objectification Theory,” an original theory that has generated a great deal of research into the causes and consequences of the sexual objectification of girls and women. The first paper she co-authored on this topic is the most cited article in the 35-year history of the journal Psychology of Women Quarterly. She served on the American Psychological Association’s Task Force on the Sexualization of Girls, is coauthor of a forthcoming book, the Sexualization of Girls and Girlhood: Causes, Consequences and Resistance, and continues to work on both empirical research, applied consulting work, and media efforts in this area. In addition to her teaching in both psychology and gender studies at Colorado College, she currently serves on the executive committee of APA’s Division 35, chairs a Task Force on Educating Through Feminist Research, and is a certified Laughter Yoga Leader.

The text book is well written and organized. Clear and understandable chapters with good illustrations. I will use the information in further classes.

This text is VERY detailed. It starts out with a detailed overview of what a theory is and what constitutes a good one. Then each of the personality theories are described in detail, including a biography of the theorist, then the theories are graded based on a scale of what makes a good, functioning theory. It is smaller than a regular-sized textbook, but the print is not too small to make a challenging read for a 40-something student like me. Somehow, the reading seems to go really fast for me. It is written in plain, common speech, with bold-type key words and other important terms and ideas are italicized. There is a breakdown of key elements of the theory at the end of each chapter, and photos, charts, illustrations, etc. throughout the book.

I wish I had been able to find a used copy of this book so that I hadn’t had to pay such a fortune for it. Before I started studying it, I was extremely upset for spending all that money. Now, however, I know it is worth every penny. The authors are skillful writers who
managed to make a theoretical subject not boring at all. In addition, they provided a good amount of information about the lives of each psychologist to help us better understand his/ her theory. I also liked the writing style itself: concise and easy to understand.


Product Details :

  • Paperback: 656 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Languages; 8 edition (December 7, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0073532193
  • ISBN-13: 978-0073532196
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 7.3 x 1 inches

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