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Personality Theory in a Cultural Context

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Mark Kelland

Pub Date: 2015

ISBN 13:

Publisher: OpenStax CNX

Language: English

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Reviewed by Christopher Allen, Senior Lecturer, Open Oregon Educational Resources on 3/6/19

This book is in a comprehensive and useful format. It covers the essential historical personality theorists as well as the essential current research on personality theory, and addresses some of the hot topics in personality. Inclusion of... read more


Table of Contents

1 Introduction to Personality
2 Culture and Personality
3 Sigmund Freud
4 Alfred Adler and Harry Stack Sullivan
5 Neo-Freudian Perspectives on Personality
6 Karen Horney and Erich Fromm
7 Psychology of Women
8 Carl Rogers and Abraham Maslow
9 Viktor Frankl, Rollo May, and Existential Psychology
10 Trait Theories of Personality
11 Biology and Personality
12 Erik Erikson
13 Carl Jung
14 Yoga and Buddhism as Personality Development Paths
15 Religious Perspectives on Personality
16 African Perspective on Personality
17 Learning Theory and Personality Development
18 Social Learning Theory and Personality Development
19 Cognitive Perspectives on Personality Development
20 Personality Disorders
21 References for Personality

About the Book

When you first think of personality, what comes to mind? When we refer to certain people as being “personalities,” we usually mean they are famous, people like movie stars or your favorite band. When we describe a person as having “lots of personality,” we usually mean they are outgoing and fun-loving, the kind of person we like to spend time with. But does this tell us anything about personality itself? Although we may think we have an understanding of what personality is, professional psychologists always seek to move beyond what people think they know in order to determine what is actually real or at least as close to real as we can come. In the pursuit of truly understanding personality, however, many personality theorists seem to have been focused on a particularly Western cultural approach that owes much of its history to the pioneering work of Sigmund Freud.