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  • Hardcover: 646 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 10th Edition edition (24 Aug. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471742414
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471742418
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 2.9 x 25.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 650,689 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A respected classic, revised with a new emphasis on biology!

Through seven best–selling previous editions, Lawrence Pervin and Oliver John′s PERSONALITY has helped countless readers unravel the mysteries of  human personality. Both scholarly and accessible, this comprehensive, unbiased text presents the major theories of personality and integrates them with the latest research, analyzes the strengths and limitations of each approach, and illustrates each theory with cases, including a single case considered from all theoretical viewpoints.

Now in a new, fully updated and revised English Edition, this classic text contains a new Chaptet 9, Biological Foundations of Personality. This timely new chapter relates cutting–edge developments in evolutionary theory, genetics, and neuroscience to the field of personality.

Features of the Eighth Editions:

  •  New boxes throughout the text illustrate how concepts can be applied to issues force in daily life.
  • Chapter–opening anecdotes capture, in vivid language, a core assumption or theme of the chapter.
  • "Questions to be Addressed" at the beginning of each chapter focus in general issues that will be discussed.
  • Throughout the discussions, readers are encouraged to weigh the evidence and come to their own considerations.
  • Compares theories in terms of the issues being addressed.
  • Addresses the contributions from both clinical case studies and empirical research.
  • Discusses the value of alternative theoretical approaches to the field.
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About the Author

Lawrence A. Pervin, Rutgers University
Oliver P. John, University of California, Berkeley --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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By A Customer on 26 Mar. 2001
Format: Hardcover
This book is highly suited to the needs of any first year psychology undergraduate interested in individual differences in behaviour. It covers all the major sections of a first year degree course, logically and coherently in a structured fashion. Each section follows the same format, brief introductions, followed by theory, practice and criticisms. This is an ideal book for a first read on subject matter, albeit a bit dry, but will give the reader/student a good foundation and ready for a more in depth study.
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This book covers key material in Personality Psychology and is easy to understand. The hard cover is great because it protects the book.
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HASH(0x92b80a38) out of 5 stars An Integrated Approach to Personality. 2 April 2002
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Format: Hardcover
This extraordinarily well-written book encompasses an integrated approach to personality and its complexity. Needless to say, the field of personality is extremely intricate and dynamic. However, Pervin manages to provide a comprehensive yet lucid account of the most important approaches to personality. The strength of this book is that it integrates all the major perspectives. What is more, every chapter features key words, summaries and most importantly contributions and criticisms of each theory. The book is well structured and written in a way that captures the reader's attention. Thus, it is interesting, informative and extremely useful. Moreover, every theory gives its explanation to psychopathology and its possible causes. It should however be pointed out that this book is intended primarily for academic purposes. Nevertheless, I strongly recommend this book to all people who want to gain an insight into psychology at its best! After all, I think it is momentous to gain an insight into why some people develop maladaptive behavioral patterns and show systematic errors in thinking. Finally, this book attempts to answer the most difficult question pertaining to this dynamic field, namely: what factors contribute to the development of personality? Pervin clearly shows that interplay between biological and environmental determinants is necessary to provide an adequate explanation of personality. In my view, a theory that fails to intertwine both biological predispositions and environmental determinants with respect to personality is a flawed theory. Furthermore, a theory that cannot be disproved is a poor theory. In conclusion, this is truly an excellent book that integrates both descriptive and explanatory elements.
HASH(0x92b80a8c) out of 5 stars Interesting presentation of theoretical approaches in psychology 6 Aug. 2015
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This book was such a huge help during my personality theory course that I kept it even after I was finished with the class so that I might have it for future use in my academic studies.
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HASH(0x92b80d68) out of 5 stars Psych book 4 Jan. 2012
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book is in great condition & was delivered quickly. MY issue is that when I clicked on the ad on Amazon it showed me a picture of the 11th edition but said the book I was looking for would be the one sent. I was looking for the 10th edition, I received the 6th. I can still work with it but not as well as I could with the 10th.
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Product was as described and arrived on time. Looks great!!
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HASH(0x92b80e4c) out of 5 stars Pleasant & Poignant 20 Sept. 2008
By Stephanie - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Bought this textbook for my Psychology Class, and it was not only useful for studying, but it's interesting and easyon the eyes. You wont be wasting your money. It's especially nice to have as a way to understand the people you love or hate, and when you need a bed stand read before bedtime.
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