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.

Personality Theories in the 21st Century
Chapter 14 personality theories in the 21st century

“Real generosity towards the future lies in giving all to the present.”

—Albert Camus (1913–1960), French philosopher and author

In 10 years, some of you will be conducting your own research into personality. Some of you will be reading and critically reviewing this research. Yet others will be applying it to various practical fields, including education, health care, counseling, business, conflict resolution, and many more. How will personality psychology evolve in the coming 10 years? On what type of research will personality psychologists focus? What will they discover, and how will they apply their findings? In the past, social scientists have not been very accurate in predicting social trends. Forecasting what ...

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