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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 students.

Pathological Personality Traits: The Movement toward Dimensional Approaches to Psychopathology
Pathological Personality Traits: The Movement toward Dimensional Approaches to Psychopathology
Zara E. WrightRobert F. Krueger
1. A Brief Introduction to Pathological Personality

The structure, measurement, and conceptualization of pathological personality traits are increasingly targeted areas of study in the fields of psychopathology and individual differences research. With the recent release of the most current iteration of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5; American Psychiatric Association, 2013), the American Psychiatric Association (APA) simultaneously proposed an alternative model for personality disorders in which disorders are designated by 1) impairments in self- and interpersonal functioning and 2) maladaptive personality traits. The DSM-5 still maintains a principal diagnostic model for personality disorders that is nearly identical to the ...

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