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A History of Personality Psychology: Theory, Science, and Research from Hellenism to the Twenty-First Century
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A History of Personality Psychology: Theory, Science, and Research from Hellenism to the Twenty-First Century

by Frank Dumont
 

In this book Frank Dumont presents personality psychology with a fresh description of its current status as well as its prospects. Play, sex, cuisine, creativity, altruism, pets, grieving rituals, and other oft-neglected topics broaden the scope of this fascinating study. This tract is imbued with historical perspectives that reveal the continuity in the evolving

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In this book Frank Dumont presents personality psychology with a fresh description of its current status as well as its prospects. Play, sex, cuisine, creativity, altruism, pets, grieving rituals, and other oft-neglected topics broaden the scope of this fascinating study. This tract is imbued with historical perspectives that reveal the continuity in the evolving science and research of this discipline over the past century. The author places classic schemas and constructs, as well as current principles, in the context of their socio-political catalysts. He further relates this study of the person to life-span developmental issues and to cultural, gender-specific, trait-based, genetic/epigenetic, and evolutionary research findings. Personality psychology has recently reconciled itself to more modest paradigms for describing, explaining, and predicting human behaviour than it generated in the 19th and 20th centuries. This book documents that transformation, providing valuable information for health-service professionals as well as to teachers, researchers, and scientists.

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"Topics include such neglected areas of research as play in middle and later adulthood."
-Chronicle of Higher Education

"...This tour through the centuries illustrates how enlightening and invaluable personality theory is to psychology and many other intellectual pursuits. As much an intellectual history as it is a history of personality, this enjoyable book-with its slight quirks-will appeal to those who work in personality or related areas or who want to broaden their understanding of the field... Highly recommended..."
—D. S. Dunn, Moravian College, CHOICE

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521133265
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
11/29/2012
Pages:
574
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 1.18(d)

Meet the Author

Frank Dumont (retired) was Full Professor in the Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology and Director of the PhD program in his field at McGill University. He was the co-editor of Six Therapists and One Client (2000) and a co-editor of Corsini's The Dictionary of Psychology (1999). He gratefully acknowledges that much of this book on personality psychology was researched and drafted while he was Visiting Fellow at Wolfson College, Cambridge University (2005-2006).

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