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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 ...

Disorders of Personality: What are the signs that my usual ways of coping with stress are maladaptive?
8 Disorders of personality

As noted in the previous chapter, life is stressful and we cope with stress in a variety of ways. Some people develop a coping style that (1) consistently reflects their entire personality and (2) creates pervasive ongoing difficulties for themselves, other people in their lives, ...

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