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This textbook examines major theories of personality as they apply to an understanding of our past, present and future selves. Unlike traditional personality textbooks that merely present a succession of different theories, this student-centred volume examines how theories of personality have a bearing on questions that are relevant across the lifespan. A question-and-answer format invites students to approach personality psychology with an active attitude of critical inquiry in their search for objective knowledge and self-discovery. Throughout the text, students are encouraged to evaluate each theory in terms of how much it contributes to an understanding of their own personalities and lives. An instructor's manual is ava

Cultivating Personality: What Kinds of Early Childhood Experiences Affected My Personality?
Cultivating Personality: What kinds of early childhood experiences affected my personality?

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

Ingredient 1: Parenting Style
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 pretty much as you pleased? Research indicates that the parenting dimensions of nurturance (warm versus cold) and control (setting firm limits versus not setting limits) influence personality development (Baumrind, 1972; ...

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