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Introduction to Personality and Intelligence

by Nick Haslam Sage Publications Ltd
Pub Date:
02/2007
ISBN:
9780761960584
Format:
Pb+ 336 pages
Price:
AU$74.00 NZ$76.52
Product Status: Old Edition - Please See New Edition
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Nick Haslam’s highly-anticipated new text is a thoroughly engaging introduction to the psychology of Personality and, crucially, Intelligence.

Fully tailored to the British Psychological Society’s guidelines regarding the teaching of Individual Differences, Introduction to Personality and Intelligence provides the perfect package for any 1st or 2nd year undergraduate Psychology student taking a course in this fascinating subject.

Key features:

Coverage of all core topics for a Personality course
A whole section devoted to Intelligence
Includes mental disorders and cognitive approaches
Focuses on major theoretical issues
Presents a good range of applied theory chapters
Packed with pedagogical features including: key concept boxes and a full glossary, illustrative case studies, and annotated further reading

The author’s writing style, use of pedagogy and incorporation of the latest empirical research findings makes An Introduction to Personality and Intelligence an essential textbook for all Psychology students on a Personality or Individual Differences course.

Contents:

Acknowledgements

Introductory Remarks

Section 1: Describing personality
Chapter 1: What is personality?
· The concept of personality
· “Personality” in psychology
· Related concepts
· Putting it together
· Personality psychology’s place in psychology
· Overview of the book
Chapter 2: Trait psychology
· What is a trait?
· Defining the trait universe: Part 1
· A statistical digression
· Defining the trait universe: Part 2
· Alternatives to the Big Five
· Three factors or five?
· How do models of basic traits advance the field?
· An illustrative broad trait: Conscientiousness
· Specific traits
Chapter 3: Challenges to trait psychology
· Do traits exist, and do they matter?
· Are trait dimensions culturally universal?
· Traits or types?
· Do traits explain behaviour?
· Are traits sufficient for describing personality?
· Alternatives to traits

Section 2: Explaining personality
Chapter 4: Biological approaches to personality
· The genetics of personality
· Personality and brain functioning
· Evolution and personality
Chapter 5: Psychoanalytic approaches to personality
· Biographical details
· Elements of psychoanalytic theory
· Post-Freudian developments
· Critiques of psychoanalysis
Chapter 6: Cognitive approaches to personality
· Construing: personal constructs
· Explaining: attributional style
· Coping: coping styles
· Representing the self: self-esteem & self-complexity
· Thinking about emotions: emotional intelligence

Section 3: Personality in practice
Chapter 7: Personality change and development
· The stability of personality
· Sources of stability
· Personality change
· Temperament & personality
· Personality development
· Why do personality stability and change matter?
Chapter 8: Personality assessment
· Measuring personality
· Interview methods
· Personality inventories
· Projective tests
· Alternative methods
· Making use of personality assessments
Chapter 9: Personality and mental disorder
· Vulnerability to mental disorders
· Personality disorders
· Multiple personality
· Personality and physical illness
Chapter 10: Psychobiography & life narratives
· Psychobiography
· Weaknesses of psychobiography
· Improving psychobiographies
· Life narratives
· Making sense of self-narratives
· Final notes on self-narratives

Section 4: Intelligence
Chapter 11: Intelligence and cognitive abilities
· Intelligence
· The structure of ability
· Cognition and biology
· Environmental contributions
· Genetic contributions

Glossary

References

About the author

Prof Nick Haslam, University of Melbourne