This book's theorist-by-theorist approach to personality theories explores how the personal histories, conflicts, and intentions of each theorist contributed to his or her portraits of people. It presents the "sequence of thinking" for more than 20 theorists and the changes embodied in the streams of their ideas over time. The format emphasizes each theorist's life history as the basis for the ideas that constitute the theory, making the theories easier to understand as "pictures of human nature." Theories are presented comprehensively and empathetically and are introduced with scrupulous attention to historical, experimental, and clinical research. Where appropriate, extensive quotations and citations from the theorists' own works are included.
Presents classic theories of personality and human nature, using a developmental approach that incorporates the personal origins of ideas and the sequence of the theorist's thinking. Covers Sigmund Freud and psychoanalysis, Anna Freud and object relations theory, Erik Erikson and psychoanalytic ego psychology, the work of Carl Jung, Alfred Adler, and Kurt Lewin, humanistic self-actualization theory, the behaviorisms, and biological typology. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
1. Varieties of Theory and Basic Issues. 2. Sigmund Freud/Psychoanalysis: The Clinical Evidence. 3. Sigmund Freud/Psychoanalysis: The Dynamic Model of the Mind. 4. Anna Freud/The Psychoanalytic Heritage: Ego Psychology. 5. Melanie Klein/The Psychoanalytic Heritage: Object Relations Theory. 6. Erik Erikson/Psychoanalytic Ego Psychology. 7. Carl G. Jung/Analytical Psychology. 8. Alfred Adler/Individual Psychology. 9. Harry Stack Sullivan/Interpersonal Theory. 10. R.D. Laing/Existential Analysis and Phenomenology. 11. Rollo May/Existential Analysis. 12. George A. Kelly/Personal Construct Theory. 13. Karen Horney & Erich Fromm/Psychoanalytic Social Psychology. 14. Gordon W. Allport/Humanistic Trait and Self Theory. 15. Abraham Maslow & Carl Rogers/Humanistic Self-Actualization Theory. 16. J.B. Watson, B.F. Skinner, Neal Miller and John Dollard, & Albert Bandura/The Behaviorisms. 17. Hans Eysenck/Biological Typology. 18. So, Which Theory Is Right?