Personality: A Systems Approach

Personality: A Systems Approach

by John D. Mayer


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Organized around the personality systems framework, this text offers students a clear and engaging introduction to the study of personality. The second edition integrates cutting-edge research and provides a comprehensive road map toward understanding (1) what personality is; (2) what personality’s major subsystems are by breaking down motivation, emotion, cognition, and self; (3) how personality’s parts are organized; and (4) how personality develops and changes over time.

New and Updated Features:
·Engaging case examples throughout each chapter bring concepts to life.
·Valuable study aids, including chapter-opening big picture questions, review questions, and glossary reinforce each chapter’s main topics.
·A fresh design incorporates new figures and tables.
·A new learning package designed to enhance the experience of both instructors and students includes a test bank, a Respondus test bank, and a companion website.

This book is accompanied by a learning package designed to enhance the experience of both instructors and students.

Test Bank. For every chapter in the text, the Test Bank includes multiple choice questions in a variety of skill levels and organized by chapter topic. The Test Bank is available to adopters in Word, PDF or Respondus formats.

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Companion Website. Accompanying the text is an open-access Companion Website designed to reinforce the main topics. For each chapter, flash cards, self-quizzes, and additional review resources help students master the information they learn in the classroom. Students can access the Companion Website from their computer or mobile device at

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780990667803
Publisher: Rubber Duck Publishing
Publication date: 08/18/2014
Pages: 422
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.86(d)

About the Author

John D. Mayer is professor of psychology at the University of New Hampshire. He has authored more than 130 articles, chapters, books, and psychological tests, including Personal Intelligence: The Power of Personality and How It Shapes Our Lives and the internationally known Mayer-Salovey-Caruso Emotional Intelligence Test (MSCEIT)

Table of Contents

Part 1: Examining Personality
Chapter 1: What Is Personality?
Chapter 2: Research in Personality Psychology
Chapter 3: Perspectives on Personality
Part 2: Parts of Personality
Chapter 4: Motivation and Emotion
Chapter 5: Interior Selves; Interior Worlds
Chapter 6: Mental Abilities and Navigating the World
Chapter 7: The Conscious Self
Part 3: Personality Organization
Chapter 8: How the Parts of Personality Fit Together
Chapter 9: Dynamics of Action
Chapter 10: Dynamics of Self-Control
Part 4: Personality Development
Chapter 11: Personality Development in Childhood and Adolescence
Chapter 12: Personality Development in Adulthood

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