The various perspectives of the field of personality provide the organizing framework for this text. Each perspective is presented in two chapters and is introduced by a prologue that describes the assumptions and themes of the perspective.
Designed for a first course in personality psychology, this text is grounded in research examples, while maintaining a primarily theoretical approach. Carver (psychology, U. of Miami) and Scheier (psychology, Carnegie Mellon) cover such topics as: methods in the study of personality; types, traits, and interactionism; needs and motives; inheritance, evolution, and personality; biological processes and personality; psychoanalytic structure and process; anxiety, defense, and self-protection; ego psychology; psychosocial theories; conditioning theories; social-cognitive learning theories; humanistic psychology; personal constructs; and contemporary cognitive views. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)