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Personality Theories
Critical Perspectives



© 2009 | 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: www.sagepub.com/personalitytheoriesstudy
 
Introduction
 
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
 
Glossary
 
References
 
Index
 
About the Authors

The book is well-written and accessible, but is a bit dated - for example doesn't really acknowledge current thinking about 'subpersonalities'.

Mr John Perry
School of Medicine, Southampton University
June 28, 2012

I adopted it for last semester (spring) & will be using it again this fall 2012 because it has contents for graduate level students.

Dr Mojisola Tiamiyu
Psychology Dept, University of Toledo
June 16, 2012

An excellent and in-depth text that provides information across a wide range of perspectives. Recommended for general wider reading to students.

Mrs Jackie Chivers
Adult Continuing Education, Swansea University
May 21, 2012

This textbook is reasonably priced and has excellent, up to date content.

Dr Colleen McDonough
Arts and Sciences, Neumann University
January 6, 2012

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
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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