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 Clinical Domain

Chapter 12 the clinical domain

“Sometimes I think people take reality for granted.”

—Francesca Zappia, American author

Learning Objectives

After reading this chapter, you should be able to:

  • Discuss the role of the clinical domain in the study of personality
  • Describe the methods for diagnosing, classifying, and describing personality disorders
  • Describe the personality disorders in the following behavior clusters: odd and eccentric; dramatic, emotional, or erratic; anxious and fearful
  • Discuss how philosophy, science, and psychology explain personality disorders
  • Explain the concepts of differential diagnosis and comorbidity
  • Identify ways to apply knowledge about personality psychology in the clinical domain

Jude Le Grice grew up in a small town in southwest England. Tall and physically imposing, he had a beautiful singing voice and wanted someday to perform in the opera. However, his severe ...

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