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Reading in the sciences is becoming an increasingly challenging affair. Readings in Personality Psychology offers welcome help. The book includes a diverse collection of source materials in personality psychology and provides support for students about how to read them. Readings In Personality Psychology is a book of readings for the undergraduate course in personality psychology. In addition to source readings, the book includes (new) original content that provides support, context, and instruction to students about how to read in the field. The book's first chapter describes a rationale for reading in the discipline and discusses some of the major issues and challenges in doing so. Each subsequent chapter describes a different sort of reading (e.g., original research report, theoretical review, book review, etc.) and the special challenges involved in reading and studying them.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205430987
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 8/10/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 583,156
  • Product dimensions: 8.28 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.45 (d)

Table of Contents

A Systems Organization


1. Reading Personality Psychology: Frequently Asked Questions

What Does It Mean to Read Personality Psychology?

Why Read Primary and Secondary Source Material?

Concluding Comments

2. Teaching Personality Psychology: The Professors’ Debate

Reading a Professional Newsletter

Teaching Personality (Brief comments by) M. Leary, J.D. Mayer, R. Hogan, R. Wheeler, R. Osborne, R. Baumeister, and D. Tice

Concluding Comments

3. Thinking Big about Personality Psychology

Encountering the Big Picture

What Do We Know When We Know a Person? D.P. Mcadams

Concluding Comments

4. The Proper Use of Psychological Tests: An Expert Speaks

An Expert’s Expert

What Counselors Should Know about the Use and Interpretation

Psychological Tests A. Anastasi

Concluding Comments


5. Exploring Parts of Personality with a Quasi-Experimental Design

Reading an Empirical Research Report

Sensations Seeking and the Need for Achievement among Study-Abroad Students M. Schroth

Concluding Comments

6. Exploring Parts of Personality with a Field Study

Reading about Field Study

Study Habits and Eyesenck’s Theory of Extraversion-Introversion J. B. Campbell & C. Hawley

Concluding Comments

7. Reading Programmatic Research: Studies about the Self

Reading Programmatic Research

Possible Selves H. Markus And P. Nuris

Concluding Comments

8. How Good Is the Measure of the Parts?

Reading a Test Review

Review of the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children J.P. Braden

Concluding Comments

9. Some Funny Stuff

On Professional Humor

The Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory A. Rosen;

A Brief Report on Clinical Aspects of Procrastination K. Alberding, D. Antonuccio, & B.H. Tearnan

Concluding Comments


10. Reading Freud on Psychodynamics

Reading Freud and The Early-20th Century Grand Theorists

Introductory Lectures on Psychoanalysis ( From Lectures II, III and IV) S. Freud

Concluding Comments

11. Personality Dynamics in a Clinical Case Study

Reading a Case Study

Possibly False Confession in a Military Court-Martial: A Case Study S. A. Talmadge

Concluding Comments

12. Dynamics of Self-Control

Studying Personality Processes (Quasi-) Experimentally

Defensive Self-Deception and Social Adaptation among Optimists J. Norem

Concluding Comments

13. Changing Personality

Reading a Summary of Studies

Writing about Emotional Experiences as a Therapeutic Process J. W. Pennebaker

Concluding Comments


14. Studying Personality across Time

Reading Longitudinal Research

Transactional Links between Personality and Adaptation for Childhood through Adulthood R. Shiner and A. Masten

Concluding Comments

15. Reviewing a Book on Personality Developments

Using Book Reviews

Peering into the Nature-Nuture Debate W. Williams; Parents and Personality R. Plomin

Concluding Comments

16. A Stage Theory of Development

Help from a Grand Theorist

Eight Ages of Man E. Erikson

Concluding Comments

17. Re-Envisioning Development: Updating the Greats

Reading Back to the Future

Emerging Adulthood: A Theory of Development for the Late Teens through the Twenties J. J. Arnett

Concluding Comments

Editor’s References

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