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Huge amounts of information, easily digested,
This review is from: Personality, Individual Differences and Intelligence (Paperback)
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.