Featuring contributions from foremost authorities, this volume provides a complete survey of modern personality theory, brings major theoretical perspectives into focus, and analyzes the current state of the science. Particular emphasis is given to the dynamic interface between personality psychology and other disciplines, with the recent explosion of knowledge about biological aspects of personality reflected in chapters on evolutionary psychology, behavioral genetics, neuroscience, and temperament. Major research is also presented on such defining topics as the self; the psychological unconscious; motivational processes; emotion and emotion regulation; stress, coping, and health; interpersonal behavior; personality assessment; and more. Authoritative and comprehensive, the book serves as a standard professional reference and student text.
Table of Contents
1. History of Modern Personality Theory and Research, Winter and Barenbaum
II. Theoretical Perspectives
2. Human Nature and Individual Differences: The Evolution of Human Personality, Buss
3. Psychoanalytic Approaches to Personality, Westen and Gabbard
4. The Big Five Trait Taxonomy: History, Measurement, and Theoretical Perspectives, John and Srivastava
5. A Five-Factor Theory of Personality, McCrae and Costa
6. Social Cognitive Theory of Personality, Bandura
7. Integrating Dispositions and Processing Dynamics within a Unified Theory of Personality: The Cognitive Affective Personality System, Mischel and Shoda
8. Holistic Interactionism: A Perspective for Research on Personality Development, Magnusson
III. Interface with Other Fields
9. Behavioral Genetics and Personality, Plomin and Caspi
10. The Neuroscience of Personality, Pickering and Gray
11. Personality Continuity and Change across the Life Course, Caspi and Roberts
12. On the Development of Personality, Lewis
13. Personality and Psychopathology, Widiger, Verheul, and van den Brink
14. On the Interface between Personality and Social Psychology, Baumeister
15. The Cultural Constitution of Personality, Cross and Markus
IV. Content Areas
16. Temperament: A New Paradigm for Trait Psychology, Clark and Watson
17. The Psychological Unconscious, Kihlstrom
18. Naturalizing the Self, Robins, Norem, and Cheek
19. Personal Narratives and the Life Story, McAdams
20. Personality and Motivation: Personal Action and the Conative Evolution, Little
21. Emotion and Emotion Regulation, Gross
22. Stress, Coping, and Self-Regulatory Processes, Carver and Scheier
23. Personality and Health: Dispositions and Processes in Disease Susceptibility and Adaptation to Illness, Contrada, Cather, and O'Leary
24. Attribution in Personality Psychology, Weiner and Graham
25. Creativity and Genius, Simonton
26. The Fields of Interpersonal Behavior, Wiggins and Trobst
27. Four Principles for Personality Assessment, Ozer
28. Epilogue: Constancy and Change in Personality Theory and Research, Pervin
"A 'must read' for all students of personality....Captures the vitality and excitement of theory and research in personality, testifies to the maturing of the science of personality psychology, and helps to define the leading edges for the next generations of inquiry in personality theory and research."
-Mark Snyder, PhD
"This Handbook provides a comprehensive orientation to the field of personality....Particularly noteworthy is the emphasis on theoretical development supported by the integration of past and present research. The Handbook is essential reading for personality researchers, and will make a superb text for advanced courses in personality."
-Sarah E. Hampson, PhD
"This excellent volume combines comprehensive summaries of major research topics with up-to-date and thought-provoking syntheses of concepts and evidence. New advances in personality psychology from the past decade--one of the most exciting in its historical development--are given authoritative coverage, with many authors drawn from the outstanding new generation of scientific leaders in the field."
-Kenneth H. Craik, PhD
"This is a book for the serious scholar and investigator....It is truly a work to engage, to enjoy, and to savor."
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