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Personality Theory in a Cultural Context

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Mark Kelland

Copyright Year: 2015

Publisher: OpenStax CNX

Language: English

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Reviewed by Manyu Li, Assistant Professor, University of Louisiana at Lafayette on 11/2/19

Like traditional personality textbook, this textbook divides topics mostly by personality theorists. However, the authors also added some non-traditional personality topics, such as yoga, Buddhism, religious and African perspective on... read more

Reviewed by Ben Smith, Psychology Adjunct, East Tennessee State University on 10/7/19

This text covers all the essential theories/theorists on personality. It also includes unique content that I've not seen in most personality texts (e.g., Yoga and Buddhism as Personality Developmental Paths, Religious Perspectives on Personality,... read more

Reviewed by Autumn Redcross, Visiting Assistant Professor, Point Park University on 9/15/19

I enjoy the fact that this text goes beyond exploring personality according to particular theorists. Instead, it takes the micro and macro aspect of one's environment to consider how personality emerges. read more

Reviewed by Shante Bassett, Adjunct Assistant Professor, LAGCC on 5/15/19

The content included in the text is likely the most comprehensive I've seen, which could be due to the focus on culture. The index of keywords is a bit confusing (refer to disclaimer atop page) and does not seem to be comprehensive (i.e. all terms... read more

Reviewed by Stacey Guidry, Instructor, Fletcher on 4/29/19

Each chapter provides a brief and comprehensive biography of the theorists along with explaining their impact in the field. He then explained the theory in terms understandable to students of all levels and provides discussion questions for... read more

Reviewed by Christopher Allen, Senior Lecturer, Open Oregon Educational Resources on 3/5/19

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
  • Index
  • Attributions

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  • 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.

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