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Theories of Personality: A Zonal Perspective / Edition 1

Theories of Personality: A Zonal Perspective / Edition 1

by John M. Berecz


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Theories of Personality: A Zonal Perspective / Edition 1

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


Product Details

ISBN-13: 2900205439163
Publisher: Pearson
Publication date: 05/02/2008
Series: MySearchLab Series for Psychology Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 624
Product dimensions: 8.30(w) x 10.10(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

John M. Berecz received an M.A. in Counseling Psychology from American University in Washington, D.C., and his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Indiana University, Bloomington. His doctoral research on smoking cessation won recognition in a nationwide competition conducted by the American Institutes for Research. Following his graduate studies, Dr. Berecz interned as a United States Public Health Fellow at Children's Hospital Medical Center in Boston, Subsequently, he pursued a professional career for over thirty years that has spanned both the classroom and the clinic. He taught Theories of Personality courses at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. Additionally he taught Abnormal Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Behavior Modification, Research Methods, and Human Sexuality. In his clinical practice he has worked with children, couples, and families.

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!

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