• Summary
  • Contents
  • Subject index

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 ...

Research Methods and Personality Assessment: How do psychologists learn about personality? Why should I care?
2 Research methods and personality assessment

Chapter 1 outlined a number of useful ways to think about personality. These ways are called theories: conceptual maps to help us understand the complexities of personality and point us in fruitful directions to learn more. This chapter peeks inside the research psychologist’s toolbox to examine the methods and techniques used to discover how we are similar and different from one another.

The major point of this chapter has been ...

  • Loading...
locked icon

Sign in to access this content

Get a 30 day FREE TRIAL

  • Watch videos from a variety of sources bringing classroom topics to life
  • Read modern, diverse business cases
  • Explore hundreds of books and reference titles