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The Person: An Introduction to the Science of Personality Psychology Hardcover – 16 Jan 2009

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  • Hardcover: 620 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 5th Revised edition edition (16 Jan. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470129131
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470129135
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 2.7 x 25.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,311,071 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.

Key Features:

  • 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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This book had a lot of interesting information in it that many of probably don't know. It really helped with my class.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An insightful, interesting and comprehensive book 13 Nov. 2005
By Soon Hui Tan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Personality psychology is a unique subject dealing with individual differences in people, and this book does a superb job of addressing this topic. What I like most about this book is that it covers all the important and renowned theories in this field, such as Costa and McCrae's Big Five traits, Freud's idea of defense mechanisms, Maslow's hierarchy of needs, Bandura's observational learning, Erikson's stages of psychosocial development and Bowlby's attachment styles among others.

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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars GET TO THE POINT ALREADY!!! OH BROTHER!!! 19 Mar. 2015
By MoonFace - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This text book is a joke! I study psychology, and personality is a very interesting aspect of the discipline. The writer of this book is too wordy. You will spend so much time reading about one subject, and they repeat the same point OVER and OVER. I want it fast and easy. I don't have all the time in the world.

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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't make the subject interesting to me. 5 April 2016
By Mary - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I had to get this book for my online college course. The reason I cannot stand reading it is because the print is SO SMALL. if it wasn't for that, I would have given it 3 stars.

I also don't think it is a very well written book where one can easily understand the concepts.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Textbook 7 Nov. 2012
By JesusPerez - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm too lazy to write book reviews here on Amazon (in fact, this is my first), but I felt I had to do one for this book. In short, this book is great. I am an undergraduate psychology student, and this is my favorite textbook so far. McAdams does an excellent job with narration that captures the reader's attention and makes learning fun and easy. Unlike most of my other required texts, this book doesn't just bombard you with concepts and definitions (reading it doesn't feel like a drag). I'm glad my professor chose this book!
4.0 out of 5 stars Small font and format is uninteresting, but still good 22 Sept. 2013
By Christine - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This book has a lot of interesting information to read on for personality psychology. It covers the basic concepts of evolutionary, biological, developmental, and personality aspects of psychology. The format is very unappealing because of the really small font. I find myself losing interesting and having to take breaks between sections of readings within the chapter. Looking at psychology from the aspect of personality psychology has given me another perspective to look from.
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