Theories of Personality: A Zonal Perspective / Edition 1 available in Hardcover
Have your students ever been overwhelmed by the encyclopedic volumes of personality theories and research? Have they struggled to compare and synthesize these theories?
If so, look no further. Instead of using one of the historical, categorical, or research approaches to teaching personality, John M. Berecz maps theories and research onto a grid to facilitate comparison and analysis. Students evaluate and compare personality constructs in different zones of interdisciplinary research rather than learning theoretical terms or analyzing research findings related to a particular theory. The “Big Four” and “Tough Twins” questions are used to map each theory to demonstrate the commonalities of theories for students, reinforcing comparison, evaluation, and application to real life.
“Real world accessibility is one of the strengths of the book. The author makes a genuine effort to make theoretical concepts applicable to everyday experiences.”
-Trey Asbury, Campbell University
“The author’s attempt to foster critical thinking by contrasting the theories in terms of their differing levels of analysis is a nice change from ordinary personality psychology texts.”
-Christine Jumpeter, SUNY Albany
About the Author
Dr. Berecz has published five books and nearly three dozen articles in professional journals. His research and writing have covered a broad range of topics, including: addictions, stuttering, Tourette Syndrome, sexual dysfunction, as well as the role of forgiveness in psychotherapy and counseling.
He is married to Deborah Bennett Berecz, who obtained her law degree at Notre Dame and uses Collaborative practice and mediation to ease the stress of divorce for families in transition. They have four grown sons and–at last count–five grandchildren. They make their home among the orchards and vineyards of southwestern Michigan. Dr. Berecz attenuates the stresses in his life with biking, skiing, swimming, racquetball, and spiritual meditation.
With this text, Professor Berecz, hopes to share his love ofpsychology and enthusiasm for Theories of Personality with new generations of student seekers.
Table of Contents· Introduction: A Zonal Perspective
•Chapter 1 A Zonal Approach to the Study of Personality
•Chapter 2 Ancient and Modern Compositional Theories of Personality: Hippocrates, Galen, Hebb, and Wilson
•Chapter 3 Conditioning/Learning Theories of Personality—Person as Trained Animal: Watson, Pavlov, and Skinner
•Chapter 4 Trait Theories and Evolutionary Psychology: Allport, Eysenck, Cattell, Costa & McCrae, and Buss
•Chapter 5 Person as Processor—Computer and Cognitive Models of Mind: Karl Pribram, Steven Pinker, Walter Mischel, and Complexity Theorists
•Chapter 6 Encapsulated Self (Ego) of Freud’s Psychoanalysis: Josef Breuer and Sigmund Freud
•Chapter 7 From the Absorbent Self of Object-Relations Theory to the Mutually-Regulated Self of Object Relations and Ego Psychology: Anna Freud, Melanie Klein, Margaret Mahler, and Erik Erikson
•Chapter 8 Social Self in Cultural Context: Alfred Adler, Karen Horney, and Eric Fromm
•Chapter 9 From Object-Relations to Dyadic Theories of Personality: Harry Stack Sullivan, Eric Berne, Jean Baker Miller, Nancy Chodorow, and the Stone Center Group
•Chapter 10 Constructivism in Personality Theories: Jean Piaget: Constructing Personality from Rhythms and Reflexes; George Kelly: Constructing Personality from Perceptions; Albert Ellis: Constructing Personality from Cognition
•Chapter 11 Humanistic Psychology (TheThird Force): Carl Rogers and Abraham Maslow
•Chapter 12 Existential Theories of Personality: Rollo May and Ernest Becker
•Chapter 13 Transpersonal Theories of Personality: William James and Carl Jung.
•Chapter 14 Putting Personality All Together—or at least synthesizing some of it!