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Personality Theories

Personality Theories
Critical Perspectives

August 2008 | 720 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Personality Theories: Critical Perspectives is the groundbreaking, final text written by Albert Ellis, long considered the founder of cognitive behavioral therapies. The book provides students with supporting and contradictory evidence for the development of personality theories through time. Without condemning the founding theorists who came before him, Ellis builds on more than a century of psychological research to re-examine the theories of Freud, Jung, and Adler while taking an equally critical look at modern, research-based theories, including his own.

Features and Benefits:
  • Helps students develop the scientific thinking required to evaluate current and forthcoming theories
  • Encourages the reader to re-examine preexisting theories
  • Provides the missing link between previously disparate disciplines of abnormal and normal personality theories, a feature especially important to students in graduate clinical programs 
  • Prepares the upper-level student for the growing trend in clinical programs to link human behavior, personality, and psychopathology to the neurological substrates
  • Encourages more focus on relevant theories than on the biographies of those who developed them

Intended Audience:
This enlightening text will provide insight into personality theory for students in courses on personality. It should be required reading for upper-level undergraduate and graduate courses in psychology, counseling, and social work.

Student Study Site:

Ch 1. The Study of Personality: Introduction
Ch 2. Historical Perspectives on Personality
Ch 3. Personality Research
Ch 4. Freud and the Dynamic Unconscious
Ch 5. Psychoanalysis in Theory and Practice
Ch 6. Freud's Followers
Ch 7. Psychiatric and Medical Models
Ch 8. The Neo-Freudians
Ch 9. Personality and Traits
Ch 10. Behaviorist Views of Personality
Ch 11. Humanistic Views of Personality
Ch 12. Carl Rogers and Humanist Psychotherapy
Ch 13. Early Cognitive Views of Personality
Ch 14. Biology, Genetics, and the Evolution of Personality
Ch 15. Abnormal Personality and Personality Disorders
Ch 16. Albert Ellis and the Rational Emotive Behavioral Theory of Personality
Ch 17. Religious, New Age, and Traditional Approaches to Personality
Biographical Index
About the Authors

This is a brilliant pieace of work; very relevant to our integrative course.

Dr Oby Osuchukwu
Counselling Department, Havering College of Further and Higher Education
March 17, 2011

A veery useful book to inform my sessions, but too complex for nursing students to read as just one of many on a reading list. this decision is all about the students abilities not about the book.

I found the book well laid out and very informative.

Mrs Anne Fenech
Health Sciences, Southampton University
January 28, 2011

A very useful book for my students which I am adding to my reading list

Ms Denise Aspinall
School of Applied Social & Community Studies, Liverpool John Moores University
November 22, 2009
Key features
  • Strongly based on current research
  • Presents an entirely new theory of personality theory
  • Written with the developing clinician in mind
  • The only personality theory text to provide a chapter on personality pathology
  • An excellent review of neuropsychology of personality
  • Focus on theories of personality as opposed to the personalities of the theorists
  • Practical vignettes provided in each chapter
  • Instructor's Resources
  • Companion Website


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