Short chapter-opening cases followed by basic facts, key developments related to the chapter's theme, and related theoretical approaches help students understand key content. Insightful coverage on how the various approaches work together shows students how theories can be applied in a range of contexts. Discussion of empirical studies outside the Western cultural tradition and across a wide range of countries contributes to students’ understanding of cross-cultural influences. A separate chapter on gender discusses traditional and evolving views of sex, gender, and sexual orientation. An entire chapter on the clinical domain covers mental health, personality disorders, treatments, and applications relevant to students. Check and Apply Your Knowledge boxes include critical thinking questions that ask students to apply relevant theories to their everyday experiences. Self-reflection boxes ask students to think critically about their own lives, activities, accomplishments, and setbacks–all in the context of chapter content. Chapter-ending Visual Reviews help students understand each chapter’s key concepts.

The Gender Domain
Chapter 11 the gender domain

“You’ll never find a rainbow if you’re looking down.”

—Charlie Chaplin (1889–1977), actor and director
Learning Objectives

After reading this chapter, you should be able to:

  • Discuss the role of the gender domain in the study of personality
  • Compare traditional and evolving views of the sexes, of gender, and of sexual orientation in the context of personality psychology
  • Identify ways to apply knowledge about personality psychology in the gender domain

Kelsy has finally answered the question that most of us do not even have to ask: Who am I… a boy or a girl? Kelsy already knew that some people are born in female bodies but feel male inside, and some other people have male bodies but feel female. She also knew the ...

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