The Person: An Introduction to the Science of Personality Psychology Hardcover – 16 Jan 2009
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Experience the story of a lifetime
When you want to truly get to know a person, dates and facts about their life will only tell you so much. You need to look at the stories that define that person’s life, as well as their individual traits and characteristics, as defined by human nature and culture.
When it comes to studying personality, the larger story matters most of all. In The Person: An Integrated Introduction to Personality Psychology, Fourth Edition, Dan McAdams presents a bold and integrative vision for personality psychology that puts many different ideas into a meaningful structure. With this text, you can understand the larger story, and discover how powerful and useful studying personality psychology is today.
The text begins with fundamental evolutionary, social, and cultural contexts for understanding personality, followed by an examination of the three different levels of an individual’s personality:
– Dispositional traits, a person’s general tendencies.
– Characteristic adaptations, a person’s desires, beliefs, concerns, and coping mechanisms.
– Life stories, the stories that give a life a sense of unity, meaning, and purpose.
- New streamlined paperback format.
- Updated with recent research findings to engage professors and students alike.
- Presents a clear unifying vision for the field of personality psychology.
- Brings together the best from traditional personality theories and contemporary research.
- Addresses the most important questions that people can ask about their own lives and about human life in general.
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These concepts may be seemingly diverse and unrelated, but McAdams manages to integrate them very well using his idea of three different levels of personality: forming an outline with traits, knowing some of the person's details through motivational, cognitive and developmental concerns and finally constructing an individual's life stories. All the concepts fit marvellously well within this framework.
In addition to the clear and concise writing, interesting and revelant narratives, anecdotes and examples are included. Moreover, within each chapter and at the end of each chapter, the important ideas and concepts are re-iterated and summarized.
Indeed, this book leaves the reader much more enriched and knowledgeable about ourselves and the people in our lives.
If there is an aspect of personality that interests you, just go directly to the source. The book deals with a variety of topics, from evolutionary psychology, big five traits, psycho-social development and psychoanalytic psychology. I'm sure you are bound to find something that won't waste your time. I like my books to get right to the point.
SAVE MONEY AND BUY OLDER EDITIONS!!! If you find a textbook you want, go back a few editions until you can find it for under 10 dollars. Most of the time, new editions are just a scam to keep the price up!!! I do this with so many medical and pharmacology texts so that I don't waste hundreds of dollars. The material is basically the same. The only difference is new research that could recommend new techniques or uses for drugs isn't there. But you can always look that up online or in a scholarly journal. I mean, someone who graduated with a M.D. or PhD ended their education with that book, so you're not the only one a little behind. Save money and buy older editions.
I also don't think it is a very well written book where one can easily understand the concepts.