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Individual Differences and Personality

ISBN-10: 0123741297
ISBN-13: 9780123741295
Edition: 2007
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Description: How do we come to be who we are? Why do we differ in our personalities? How do these differences matter in life? This textbook onIndividual Differences and Personalityaims to describe how and why personality varies between one person and the next.  More...

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Book details

List price: $72.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Elsevier Science & Technology Books
Publication date: 7/30/2007
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 368
Size: 7.75" wide x 9.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.980
Language: English

How do we come to be who we are? Why do we differ in our personalities? How do these differences matter in life? This textbook onIndividual Differences and Personalityaims to describe how and why personality varies between one person and the next. Unlike books that focus on individual theorists, this book focuses on current research and theory on the nature of personality and related individual differences. The book begins by discussing how personality is measured, the concept of a personality trait, and the basic dimensions of personality. This leads to a discussion of the origins of personality, with descriptions of its developmental course, its biological causes, its genetic and environmental influences, and its evolutionary function. The concept of a personality disorder is then described, followed by a discussion of the influence of personality on life outcomes in relationships, work, and health. Finally, the book examines in detail the important differences between individuals in the realms of mental abilities, of beliefs and attitudes, and of sexuality. Intended for courses in personality and individual differences, this book may also serve as a useful overview of personality research for academics in related fields. Singly authored for consistency of breadth, depth, and presentation,Individual Differences and Personalitywill engage students with its interesting boxed asides. Sample boxes describe a wide variety of topics, including such issues as cross-generational differences, personality in animals, personality and occupational choice, the role of the womb environment, and many others. In addition to covering the Big Five and HEXACO models of personality structure, the book also includes topics often left out of other personality books, including individual differences in mental abilities, religion, politics, and sexuality. There is also deep coverage of the biological bases of personality, including discussions of neurotransmitters, brain structures, and hormones. The explanation of genetic and environmental influences is made clear and straightforward, and the discussion of evolutionary function is unique among personality texts. Table of Contents: Introduction; Basic Concepts in Psychological Measurement; Personality Traits and the Inventories That Measure Them; Personality Structure: Classifying Traits; Developmental Change and Stability of Personality; Biological Bases of Personality; Genetic and Environmental Influences on Personality; The Evolutionary Function of Personality; Personality Disorders; Personality and Life Outcomes; Mental Ability; Religion and Politics; Sexuality; Conclusion. *Emphasizes current research and major theoretical issues *Provides integrated treatment of wide range of topics related to the personality and individual differences *Explains crucial concepts in clear and straightforward manner

Basic concepts in psychological measurementp. 1
Personality traits and the inventories that measure themp. 27
Personality structure : classifying traitsp. 53
Developmental change and stability of personalityp. 77
Biological bases of personalityp. 93
Genetic and environmental influences on personalityp. 114
The evolutionary function of personalityp. 142
Personality disordersp. 163
Personality and life outcomesp. 181
Mental abilityp. 210
Religion and politicsp. 260
Sexualityp. 285
Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.

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