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NEW TO THIS EDITION: A new chapter on research methods (Chapter 2) facilitates students’ understanding of contemporary personality research and helps them evaluate the various approaches to understanding personality. A new chapter on disorders of personality (Chapter 8) offers a unique approach to understanding disorders of personality by directly comparing the traditional medical syndrome counting method with current psychological research that conceptualizes disorders in terms of extreme positions on personality traits. Up-to-date research—with the majority of citations from 2010 to 2016—reflects the most recent scholarship in the field. A focus on student-relevant research includes scholarship on such topics as Facebook, “hook-ups,” procrastination, and coping with stress. Two additional theoretical orientations—trait theory and evolutionary theory—broaden the book’s scope. Motives especially interesting to students, including mating, belonging ...

Genetic and Temperamental Influences: Did my personality begin in the womb?
3 Genetic and temperamental influences

In what ways are you more like your mother than your father? This question occurred to me as a teenager when I noticed that my sister and father shared certain personality traits, whereas my mother and I were similar in other ways. For example, my sister and father were usually easygoing and relatively unflappable when challenged by life’s frustrations and disappointments. Their favorite phrase at such times was “This, too, shall pass.” In contrast, my mother and I ...

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