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Theories and Applications

Second Edition


November 2023 | 528 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Personality: Theories and Applications takes an interdisciplinary and cross-cultural approach to the study of personality. Author Eric Shiraev structures the text around three questions: What are the basic ideas and facts that we focus on? How do we study these ideas and facts? How do we apply them? Students will benefit from a deeper understanding of personality as they navigate a wide range of theories, empirical studies, and thought-provoking exercises, fostering enhanced critical thinking and knowledge. The Second Edition includes a new chapter on the digital domain of personality, incorporates the latest findings from the fields of behavioral economics and neuroscience, and offers expanded coverage of LGBTQ+ issues, including prejudice and cultural stereotypes.

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Part I. Foundations
Chapter 1 Introducing Personality
Chapter 2 Scientific Foundations to Study Personality
Chapter 3 Research Methods
Part II. Psychological Traditions
Chapter 4 Psychoanalytic Tradition
Chapter 5 The Behavioral-Learning Tradition
Chapter 6 The Trait Tradition
Chapter 7 The Cognitive Tradition
Chapter 8 The Humanistic Tradition
Part III. Personality Domains
Chapter 9 The Developmental Domain
Chapter 10 The Gender Domain
Chapter 11 The Clinical Domain
Chapter 12 Personality: The Adjustment Domain
Chapter 13 The Digital Domain
Part IV. Conclusion
Chapter 14 Personality Psychology in the 2030s


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Key features
  • New Chapter 13 explores the digital domain of personality, analyzing online communications, YouTube channels, video games, and social networks.
  • Significantly develops the discussions of racism, sexism, antisemitism, and other racial, religious, and ethnic discriminatory behaviors.
  • Expanded coverage of LGBTQ+ issues, including prejudice against and cultural stereotypes, alongside cross-cultural issues related to personality based on studies from various regions across the world.
  • New data from the field of behavioral economics, which complements psychology, has been added to better understand the ways people make useful and healthy decisions, as well as mistakes.
  • New data emerging from the field of neuroscience explores longevity, pregnancy, drug use, genetic foundations of individual features and traits such as stubbornness, openness to experience, adventurism, honesty, altruism, and pessimism.
  • Chapter-opening learning objectives help students concentrate on essential concepts.
  • Self-reflection boxes ask students to think critically about their own lives, activities, accomplishments, and setbacks—all in the context of chapter content.
  • Chapter-ending Visual Summaries help students understand each chapter’s key concepts.
  • Emphasis on diversity highlights the global nature of knowledge about personality and contributes to students’ understanding of cross-cultural influences.
  • Offers an interdisciplinary approach to personality psychology, integrating perspectives from various fields, including humanities, history, cultural studies, gender studies, and others.
  • Check and Apply Your Knowledge boxes include critical thinking questions that ask students to apply relevant theories to their everyday experiences.

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