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  • Paperback: 784 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson; 3 edition (23 May 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0273751166
  • ISBN-13: 978-0273751168
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 19 x 26 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,974 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'By far, the most comprehensive and up-to-date textbook on personality, intelligence, and individual differences more generally. Lecturers will appreciate its structure, content and coherence, as well as learning aids. Students will appreciate its user-friendliness and clarity. The revised edition of this popular textbook is a credit to the authors, and should be found on the reading lists of all University-level individual differences courses.' - Professor Philip Corr, City University London

'The updated version of Personality, Individual Differences and Intelligence gives a comprehensive overview of historical and up-to-date research in the field, and illustrates the uses of Individual Differences research in the real world. The book is well written, is engaging and provides an excellent introduction to the area.' - Dr Susan Rasmussen, University of Strathclyde

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'By far, the most comprehensive and up-to-date textbook on personality, intelligence, and individual differences more generally. Lecturers will appreciate its structure, content and coherence, as well as learning aids. Students will appreciate its user-friendliness and clarity.' Professor Philip Corr, City University London

 

'A comprehensive overview of historical and up-to-date research in the field, this book illustrates the uses of Individual Differences research in the real world. An excellent introduction to the area.' Dr Susan Rasmussen, University of Strathclyde

 

The third edition of the market-leading Personality, Individual Differences and Intelligence continues to offer an involving and comprehensive introduction to this captivating field. The new edition of this popular text guides the reader through the subject from the foundations to more advanced material, constantly building on previously acquired knowledge to achieve a critical understanding of the major theories, methods, findings and debates. 

 

New to the third edition:

  • Thoroughly updated throughout with new research, references and examples
  • Extended chapters on the Biological Basis of Personality with new material on behavioural ecology, the general factor personality model and type D personality
  • Extended coverage of intelligence and mortality
  • New ‘career focus’ feature providing insight into relevant professional avenues

Throughout the text, web links and commentary on online journals help students better understand the research process, and discussion and essay questions allow them to consolidate their understanding.   

 

Dr John Maltby is Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Leicester. He has over 150 publications in the area of personality and individual differences.

Dr Liz Day is Senior Lecturer in Psychology at Sheffield Hallam University. She has over 50 publications in the area of individual differences. She has also trained as a Clinical Hypnotherapist.

Professor Ann Macaskill is at Sheffield Hallam University and is a Chartered Health Psychologist and trained in cognitive behaviour therapy. She has published extensively, with current research in individual differences, health and well-being.


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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Kris C on 4 Feb 2008
Format: Paperback
This book was recommended reading on my course. It was suggested along with a number of other personality books, but is far the better book. The number of topics covered by this book outnumber the other texts, and the level of detail is much greater. I agree with the other reviewer that this text gives the students loads of essay material.

The book covers all the major personality theories, and provides a good critique of each one. The book also covers all the intelligence areas needed. Finally the book covers some more 'current' areas such as optimism, embarassment, social relationships. The book covers in depth all the other areas of the BPS accreditation exam and therefore should be useful on many psychology degrees.

Most of all I found the text incredibly easy to read. The authors cover exciting areas of psychology, but also some of the more difficult areas. For example, there are biological explanations of some behaviors, but the authors don't bamboozle you with technical terms, but rather breakdown the area for you so it is easily understandable. Infact some of the terms I find so hard to understand in biological psychology modules are much better explained here.

There are also hidden depths to this book. There is an online website that has example essay questions, multiple choice questions and further reading. There are additional chapters at the back on argument and a kind of 'bluffers guide' to statistics, which again are better explained than many statistics books.

I do recommend this book. It helped me enormously with my work across a number of modules on my psychology degree not just my personality and individual differences modules.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Stevie T on 11 Dec 2006
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Got this today. Really easy to read and lots of information. Covers two areas in psychology, personality and intelligence which I get taught for two different units in our first and second year on our psychology degree. Good outlines and criticisms of all the major personality theories, so good essay material ;). Intelligence theory and research is always little hard going, this text makes intelligence seem quite straightforward and has again has lots of material that I can use for my essays. Don't plan to use the third part of the book except to read it, but has lots of interesting areas, such as optimism and relationships theory, that I enjoy reading about.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sean OToole on 16 Oct 2009
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This book was recommended for my course on personality theory and intelligence, and definitely blew away any alternatives I could find in terms of sheer amount of information. The level of detail that Maltby goes in to is very good for an undergraduate course, and the layout of competing theories based on their relevence to todays literature is very helpful.

As the title suggests, the book covers all of the major theories of personality, with essay-grade critiques of each, but also more information throughout the book that can be used in conjunction with the theories, such as the information on factor analysis and the nature/nurture argument. The section on intelligence is equally detailed, and explains much of what happened in intelligence research over the years. Individual differences are prevalent throughout the text, and we are constantly reminded that they will always play a role in pscyhological constructs.

Overall, this book was a saving grace for the personality module, but I still find myself refering to it time and again in other lectures, as personality and intelligence along with individual differences play a major role in many areas of psychology, and this book is definitely one I wouldn't want to be without.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By CP O'Sullivan on 13 July 2010
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If there is a definite guide to the complex world that comprises personality, individual differences and intelligence, then John Maltby's book is it. A 'must-read' for the interested lay-person and the professional alike, this book does for personality and the field of psychometrics what Steven Hawking did for Black Holes and the field of astrophysics.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J.C. on 24 Mar 2014
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This textbook is a great basis for studying personality. It is however, not greatly interesting and is as basic as the theories is portrays. Had to buy it for a university course; barely used it.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Miss A. Durand on 9 Nov 2009
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This book is wonderful for psychology students taking modules in this field. Explains core principles well and helps you to understand material from lectures. Has interesting side topic boxes for further reading and interests. Also has good definition and concepts. This is a good book for personality in general, also worth looking at for introductions to personality instead of other recommended reading books.
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This is recommended reading for my course. Personally I find it dull and uninspiring and hate the layout with its tiny writing and flimsy paper so you cannot use highlighters. I think there is a much shorter and better book inside this one. However, it has to be said that most psychology textbooks are exactly the same. They seem to be able to suck the life (interest) out of the subject or offer anecdotes and 'jokes' to prolong the agony leaving you with 2 options: phone Nighine or repeatedly bang your head on your desk until you lose consciousness or your eyes drop out. I sometimes think reading these textbooks and research papers is like chewing cardboard - except you can choose not to do that.
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