An Introduction to Theories of Personality

An Introduction to Theories of Personality

An Introduction to Theories of Personality

An Introduction to Theories of Personality

Synopsis

In this highly readable fifth edition of his proven text, Robert Ewen presents the ideas of the most important personality theorists, describes new research relevant to them, and provides a new case history section. Intended as an introduction to personality theory, the book's major goals are:

• to stimulate enthusiasm for the provocative problems of personality,

• to provide a solid foundation for further study, and

• to promote interest in the primary sources on which this secondary one is based.

A prologue introduces each of the five major sections of the text, and comparisons are made among the various theories where appropriate. Other special features include: integration of numerous first-hand quotations into the text, capsule summaries of important concepts throughout to help students learn the many definitions presented in each chapter, and introductions to such theoretical applications as dream interpretation, psychopathology, psychotherapy, work, religion, education, and literature.

Individual chapter study questions are designed to stimulate thought, discussion, and debate; and appendices offer case histories plus practical and personal examples to illustrate and clarify the study questions.

Excerpt

This book is intended as an introduction to the field of personality theory. The major goals are to provide a solid foundation for further study, to stimulate enthusiasm for this important and provocative area, and to promote interest in the primary sources on which this secondary one is based. I have sought to implement these objectives in the following ways:

First-hand Quotations. The student of personality theory is undoubtedly eager to examine the writings of the famous theorists themselves, rather than relying wholly on the interpretations of the textbook's author. Therefore, numerous quotations have been integrated within the text. Also, paperback reprints are cited as well as more standard editions. Paperbacks make it possible to acquire a comprehensive scholarly library at moderate cost, and my hope is that the somewhat awkward referencing system will justify its existence by facilitating comparisons with (and promoting interest in) the original sources.

Capsule Summaries. Most personality theorists are fond (perhaps too fond) of neologisms. To help the student learn the many definitions presented in each chapter, Capsule Summaries of these concepts are included throughout the text.

Theoretical Applications. In my opinion, some knowledge of the major applications of a personality theory helps to clarify its more abstruse concepts. I have therefore included an introduction to such applications as dream interpretation, psychopathology, psychotherapy, work, religion, education, literature, and any area of importance to a particular psychologist (e.g., Allport and prejudice). Most chapters also contain some discussion of research designed to evaluate the theory in question, and/or the theorist's views about psychological research in general.

Common Framework. To facilitate comparisons among the various theories, each chapter follows a common framework (described in chapter . . .

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