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Personality / Edition 7

Personality / Edition 7

by Jerry M. Burger


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Personality / Edition 7

No other book integrates traditional personality theories with current research as effectively as Jerry Burger's Personality, Fifth Edition. The text's organization provides a classic and contemporary approach to the study of personality by balancing the theory chapters with the research chapters. For each school of thought (Freudian, neo-Freudian, trait, biological, humanistic, behavioral/social learning, and cognitive), a chapter on "Theory, Application, and Assessment" is followed by a chapter on "Relevant Research" to clearly illustrate how research ties in with the theories covered.

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ISBN-13: 9780495097860
Publisher: Cengage Learning
Publication date: 04/16/2007
Edition description: Older Edition
Pages: 576
Product dimensions: 7.50(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Jerry M. Burger is a professor of Psychology at Santa Clara University. He is the author of dozens of journal articles and book chapters, as well as the book DESIRE FOR CONTROL: PERSONALITY, SOCIAL, AND CLINICAL PERSPECTIVES (1992). He has been on the editorial board of the Journal of Personality and the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, and has served as an associate editor for the Personality Processes and Individual Difference section of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. Burger continues to teach the personality course, and PERSONALITY, 9th Edition reflects his many years of experience.

Table of Contents

1. WHAT IS PERSONALITY? The Person and the Situation. Defining Personality. Six Approaches to Personality. Two Examples: Aggression and Depression. Personality and Culture. The Study of Personality: Theory, Application, Assessment, and Research. 2. PERSONALITY RESEARCH METHODS. The Hypothesis-Testing Approach. Statistical Analysis of Data. Problems to Look for When Examining Research. Personality Assessment. 3. THE PSYCHOANALYTIC APPROACH: FREUDIAN THEORY, APPLICATION, AND ASSESSMENT. Freud Discovers the Unconscious. The Freudian Theory of Personality. Application: Psychoanalysis. Assessment: Projective Tests. Strengths and Criticisms of Freud's Theory. 4. THE FREUDIAN APPROACH: RELEVANT RESEARCH. Dream Interpretation. Defense Mechanisms. Humor. Hypnosis. 5. THE PSYCHOANALYTICAL APPROACH: NEO-FREUDIAN THEORY, APPLICATION, AND ASSESSMENT. Limits and Liabilities of Freudian Theories. Alfred Adler. Carl Jung. Erik Erikson. Karen Horney. Harry Stack Sullivan. Erich Fromm. Application: Psychoanalytic Theory and Religion. Assessment: Measuring Types. Strengths and Criticisms of Neo-Freudian Theories. 6. THE NEO-FREUDIAN THEORIES: RELEVANT RESEARCH. Anxiety and Coping Strategies. Frustration and Aggression. Attachment Style and Adult Relationships. 7. THE TRAIT APPROACH: THEORY, APPLICATION, AND ASSESSMENT. The Trait Approach. Important Trait Theorists. Factor Analysis and the Search for the Structure of Personality. The Situation Versus Trait Controversy. Application: The Big Five in the Workplace. Assessment: Self-Report Inventories. Strengths and Criticisms of the Trait Approach. 8. THE TRAIT APPROACH: RELEVANT RESEARCH. AchievementMotivation. Type A-Type B Behavior Patterns. Social Anxiety. Emotions. Optimism and Pessimism. 9. THE BIOLOGICAL APPROACH: THEORY, APPLICATION, AND ASSESSMENT. Hans Eysenck's Theory of Personality. Temperament. Evolutionary Personality Psychology. Application: Children's Temperaments and School. Assessment: Brain Electrical Activity and Cerebral Asymmetry. Strengths and Criticisms of the Biological Approach. 10. THE BIOLOGICAL APPROACH: RELEVANT RESEARCH. Heritability of Personality Traits. Extraversion-Introversion. Evolutionary Personality Theory and Mate Selection. 11. THE HUMANISTIC APPROACH: THEORY, APPLICATION, AND ASSESSMENT. The Roots of Humanistic Psychology. Key Elements of the Humanistic Approach. Carl Rogers. Abraham Maslow. The Psychology of Optimal Experience. Application: Person-Centered Therapy and Job Satisfaction. Assessment: The Q-Sort Technique. Strengths and Criticisms of the Humanistic Approach. 12. THE HUMANISTIC APPROACH: RELEVANT RESEARCH. Self-Disclosure. Loneliness. Self-Esteem. Solitude. 13. THE BEHAVIORAL/SOCIAL LEARNING APPROACH: THEORY, APPLICATION, AND ASSESSMENT. Behaviorism. Skinner's Radical Behaviorism. Basic Principles of Conditioning. Social Learning Theory. Albert Bandura's Social-Cognitive Theory. Application: Behavior Modification and Self-Efficacy Therapy. Assessment: Behavior Observation Methods. Strengths and Criticisms of the Behavioral/Social Learning Approach. 14. THE BEHAVIORAL/SOCIAL LEARNING APPROACH: RELEVANT RESEARCH. Individual Differences in Gender-Role Behavior. Observational Learning of Aggression. Learned Helplessness. Locus of Control. 15. THE COGNITIVE APPROACH: THEORY, APPLICATION, AND ASSESSMENT. George Kelly's Personal Construct Theory. Cognitive Personality Variables. Application: Cognitive Psychotherapy. Assessment: The Rep Test. Strengths and Criticisms of the Cognitive Approach. 16. THE COGNITIVE APPROACH: RELEVANT RESEARCH. Freudian Concepts Revisited: Transference and Repression. Gender Type and Gender Differences. Cognitions and Depression. 17. SOME CONCLUDING OBSERVATIONS. Personality Theories as Tools. Personality Theory. Personality Research. Conclusion. GLOSSARY. REFERENCES. NAME INDEX. SUBJECT INDEX.

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