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The new Eighth Edition of Personality Theories continues to provide sound and thorough coverage enhanced with solid pedagogy, a critical-thinking focus, and integration of multicultural and gender-related issues throughout the text. Each chapter focuses on one theory or group of theories and includes brief biographies that shed light on how the theories were formed. Engler also provides criteria for evaluating each theory and cites current relevant research. A final chapter on Zen Buddhism covers a major non-Western theory of personality and serves to distinguish this program in the field.
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"This text is well organized and is very readable.""The Chapters are well organized, and the coverage is good [...] this makes the text standout from some others that are not as well written."

"The text is exceptionally well-organized.""The arrangement of the material results in a meaningful and flowing exposition of the theorists, the theoretical constructs, relevant application/practical applications, and examples of empirical support.""I believe students will find this text easy to read and intellectually engaging.""Few texts provide the depth of material that this text offers."

"If an instructor is looking for a solid, comprehensive view of these theories, I do think that this text could be a very appropriate option."

"The layout is one of the better ones I've seen and reviewed. It is attractive[...]. Great Layout.""Overall, I thoroughly liked what I saw."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780547148342
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 8/25/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 8
  • Pages: 554
  • Product dimensions: 7.60 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Barbara Engler was a professor of psychology at Union County College in Cranford, New Jersey, where she taught the undergraduate personality theory course for 25 years. She received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Drew University in 1969. Dr. Engler has taught at Fairleigh Dickinson and Seton Hall Universities and has contributed articles and reviews to such publications as the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology and Contemporary Psychology.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Introduction: Evaluating Personality Theories. PART I: THE PSYCHOANALYTIC APPROACH. Chapter 2. Psychoanalysis: Sigmund Freud. PART II: THE NEOPSYCHOANALYTIC APPROACH. Chapter 3. Analytical Psychology: Carl Jung. Chapter 4. Interpsychic Theories: Alfred Adler, Harry Stack Sullivan. Chapter 5. Psychoanalytic Social Psychology: Karen Horney, Erich Fromm. PART III: MORE RECENT TRENDS IN PSYCHOANALYTIC THEORY. Chapter 6. Ego Analytic Psychology: Anna Freud, Erik Erikson, Dan McAdams. Chapter 7. Human Relations: Object Relations Theory, The Stone Center Group. PART IV: BEHAVIOR AND LEARNING THEORIES. Chapter 8. Experimental Analysis of Behavior: John Dollard and Neal Miller, B. F. Skinner. Chapter 9. Social Learning Theories: Albert Bandura, Julian Rotter, Walter Mischel. PART V: DISPOSITIONAL AND BIOLOGICAL THEORIES. Chapter 10. Traits and Personology: Gordon Allport, Henry Murray. Chapter 11. Factor Analytic, Genetic and Evolutionary Theories: Raymond Cattell, The Big Five Personality Traits, Genetic and Evolutionary Developments. Chapter 12. Biological Traits: Hans Eysenck. PART VI: HUMANISTIC AND EXISTENTIAL THEORIES. Chapter 13. Humanism: Abraham Maslow, Carl Rogers. Chapter 14. Existential Psychoanalysis: Rollo May. PART VII: COGNITIVE THEORIES. Chapter 15. Personal Constructs: George Kelly. Chapter 16. Cognitive-Behavioral Theories: Albert Ellis, Aaron Beck, Arnold Lazarus. PART VIII: A NON-WESTERN APPROACH. Chapter 17. Zen Buddhism. CONCLUSION: Personality Theory in Perspective. GLOSSARY. REFERENCES. INDEX. PHOTO CREDITS.
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