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Personality 101

by Gorkan Ahmetoglu and Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic Springer Publishing Company
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'Personality psychology concerns what most people think psychology should be about. This book is the best introduction to personality psychology available anywhere. It combines clear, accessible, and engaging writing with a thorough grasp of the key research and methodological issues in the field. Readers at almost any level of sophistication will find the book enjoyable and informative.' Robert Hogan, Ph.D. President, Hogan Assessment Systems 'Broad, authoritative, and above all, clear, this lively book is the ideal introduction to the vibrant field of personality. By blending solid coverage of established theories and findings with discussion of the latest developments and controversies, Personality 101 will be the go-to book for anyone wanting firm foundation in the field.' Sam Gosling, Ph.D. Professor of Psychology, University of Texas, Austin Author of Snoop: What your stuff says about you 'This is a seriously good book. It is written in a very approachable style by two world experts who really know the literature. I has an 'un-put-downable' quality, like a great novel, that students everywhere will really appreciate.' Adrian Furnham, D.Phil (Oxford) D.Sc (London) Professor of Psychology, University College London What is personality? How do we measure personality? Does nature or nurture play a bigger role in our destiny? Is it possible to change our personality for the better? This unique text presents the most current scientific findings about personality in a friendly, jargon-free format. Distilling the vast research on this fascinating topic, the book addresses various historical views of personality and compares and contrasts the reigning 'Five Factor' Model with the most current competing models of personality. The authors discuss techniques of assessing personality and provide essential information on its role in life outcomes ranging from career choice to happiness and interpersonal relationships. The text also addresses controversies and moral implications pertaining to the application of personality assessment in social, organizational, and business contexts. It offers a comprehensive account of the consequences of personality on people's lives, including such areas as religious and political attitudes and implications for health. With its concise format, clarification of complex research methodologies, and comprehensive coverage of widely established as well as controversial information about personality, this book will appeal to a wide range of audiences, including students in psychology and business disciplines. Key Features: Evaluates the 'Five Factor' Model of personality8212the most widely established personality classification system in psychology Addresses controversies surrounding the application of personality assessment in social, organizational, and business contexts Reviews evidence demonstrating the ability of personality traits to predict 'real life' outcomes such as career success and romantic relationshipsCovers a wide range of theories, methodologies, and findings in a jargon-free, concise format


SECTION I What Is Personality and Where Does It Come From?

Chapter 1 What Is Personality and Why Be Interested?

Chapter 2 Why Are Some People Different From Others? Understanding the Causes of Personality

Chapter 3 How Is Personality Assessed?

SECTION II Does Personality Matter?

Chapter 4 Personality and Social Implications

Chapter 5 Personality and Personal Implications

Chapter 6 Personality and Career Implications

SECTION III Controversies and Future Directions

Chapter 7 Controversies

Chapter 8 Directions and Future Research



Gorkan Ahmetoglu is currently carrying out his doctoral research in Goldsmiths, University of London, which is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council in the UK. His research focuses on the entrepreneurial personality. Mr. Ahmetoglu has published various articles on personality and individual differences in such journals as Learning and Individual Differences, Archives of Sexual Behavior, British Journal of Psychology, and British Journal of Educational Psychology. He has also been integrally involved in the development of the Trait Emotional Intelligence and Leadership measure devised by the founder of the TEIQ, Dr. Dino Petrides. Mr. Ahmetoglu is currently involved in various research projects, including examining dysfunctional behavior at work, as well as the effects of personality in preferences for non-verbal dominance behavior. He is also active as a consultant and has worked for the UK government and several leading organizations. Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic, PhD, is a senior lecturer at Goldsmiths College (University of London), a research fellow at University College London, and a visiting professor at NYU in London. He is a world-renowned expert in personality and has published over 80 scientific articles covering a wide range of social and applied topics such as personality, human intelligence and genius, human performance, musical preferences, creativity, leadership, and most prominently, individual differences in personality. He also makes frequent appearances in the media (especially UK TV) to provide psychological expertise on these issues. He serves on the editorial board of the APA Division 10 journal Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts, and is past recipient of Division 10's Berlyne Award for Early Career Research. His research has been published in such journals as Journal of Research in Personality, Learning and Individual Differences, Educational Psychology, Personality and Individual Differences, Creativity Research Journal, Advances in Psychological Research, Journal of Social Psychology, and Psychological Science. He has authored, co-authored, or co-edited numerous books. In addition to his scholarly publications he writes the monthly blog 'Mr. Personality' for Psychology Today and has published articles on psychology for such media outlets as The Times (UK), Daily Mirror (UK), Daily Telegraph (UK), and the website for the Big Brother UK reality TV series.,/p>