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Personality Strategies and Issues

ISBN-10: 0534264182
ISBN-13: 9780534264185
Edition: 8th 1998 (Revised)
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Description: This sound, scholarly book continues to organize the diverse content of personality psychology in a meaningful way, taking care to present complex concepts in highly readable, accessible language. Using a single, overarching framework, the authors  More...

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Book details

List price: $276.95
Edition: 8th
Copyright year: 1998
Publisher: Wadsworth
Publication date: 12/18/1997
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 581
Size: 8.00" wide x 9.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.980

This sound, scholarly book continues to organize the diverse content of personality psychology in a meaningful way, taking care to present complex concepts in highly readable, accessible language. Using a single, overarching framework, the authors capture the flavor of each of four important conceptual strategies (psychoanalytic, dispositional, behavioral, and representational) and four fundamental issues (theory, assessment, research, and personality change) underlying contemporary personality psychology. The presentation of each strategy begins with an overview chapter that describes the strategy's basic assumptions and principles, as well as its respective intellectual school of thought. Then, after a more detailed presentation of the approaches that fall within the strategy, the authors conclude with a single chapter on the strategy's practical applications and limitations.

Ph.D., Stanford University

Michael D. Spiegler (Ph.D., clinical psychology, Vanderbilt University, 1969) has been director of the Community Training Center at the Palo Alto VA Hospital, was on the faculty at the University of Texas, Austin, and currently is Professor of Psychology at Providence College.

Introduction To Scientific Personality Psychology
Overview
Methods of Personality Research
The Psychoanalytic Strategy
Introduction to the Psychoanalytic Strategy
Freud's Psychoanalytic Theories
Post-Freudian Perspectives
Applications and Limitations of the Psychoanalytic Strategy
The Dispositional Strategy
Introduction to the Dispositional Strategy
The Biological Approach
Evolution of the Trait Concept
Applications and Limitations of the Dispositional Strategy
The Behavioral Strategy
Introduction to the Behavioral Strategy
The Radical-Behavioral Approach
The Social-Learning Approach
Applications and Limitations of the Behavioral Strategy
The Representational Strategy
Introduction to the Representational Strategy
The Phenomenological Approach
The Cognitive Approach
Applications and Limitations of the Representational Strategy
Prospects For Integration
Commonalities and Continuing Controversies

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