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The examination of personality and individual differences is a major field of research in the modern discipline of psychology. Concerned with the ways humans develop an organised set of characteristics to shape themselves and the world around them, it is a study of how people come to be 'different' and 'similar' to others, on both an individual and a cultural level. This volume explores the scientific foundations of personality and individual differences, in chapters arranged across three thematic sections: Part 1: Theoretical Perspectives on Personality and Individual Differences Part 2: Research Strategies for Studying Personality and Individual Differences Part 3: The Measurement of Personality and Individual Differences With outstanding contributions from leading scholars across the world, this is an invaluable resource for researchers and graduate ...

The Psychodynamic Perspective
The Psychodynamic Perspective
Robert F. Bornstein Crista E. Maracic Adam P. Natoli

Two decades ago, Kihlstrom (1999: 376) argued that ‘From a scientific point of view, classical Freudian psychoanalysis is dead both as a theory of the mind and a mode of therapy. No empirical evidence supports any specific proposition of psychoanalytic theory'. Kihlstrom's pessimistic conclusion has since been echoed by a number of writers (see Bornstein and Huprich, 2015, for a review). Discussions of evidence-based practice in psychology rarely mention psychodynamic interventions except to criticize them, and few doctoral programs today describe themselves as having a psychodynamic orientation (Gerber and Knopf, 2015; Kernberg, 2006).

One might conclude, ...

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