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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 ...

Cultivating Personality: What kinds of early childhood experiences affected my personality?
4 Cultivating personality

Our early childhood environment provides three critical ingredients for the soil in which our personalities grow and blossom: parenting styles, attachment, and identification.

Ingredient #1: Parenting Styles
Nurturance and Control

How would you describe your parents’ typical behaviors and attitudes in raising you? Were they basically warm and accepting? Or were they usually cold and rejecting? What about the issue of control? Did they generally insist you meet their standards, or did they let you do whatever you ...

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