Individual Differences And Personality by Michael C. Ashton

Individual Differences And Personality

byMichael C. AshtonEditorMichael C. Ashton

Hardcover | April 12, 2013

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How do we come to be who we are? Why do we differ in our personalities? How do these differences matter in life? Individual Differences and Personality aims to describe how and why personality varies among people. Unlike books that focus on individual theorists, this book focuses on current research and theory on the nature of personality and related individual differences. The book begins by discussing how personality is measured, the concept of a personality trait, and the basic dimensions of personality. This leads to a discussion of the origins of personality, with descriptions of its developmental course, its biological causes, its genetic and environmental influences, and its evolutionary function. The concept of a personality disorder is then described, followed by a discussion of the influence of personality on life outcomes in relationships, work, and health. Finally, the book examines the important differences between individuals in the realms of mental abilities, of beliefs and attitudes, and of behavior. Presents a scientific approach to personality and related individual differences, as well as theory and research on the fundamental questions about human psychological variation New edition presents findings from dozens of new research studies of the past six years Includes new chapter on vocational interests and a revised chapter on personality disorders reflecting DSM-5 formulation Contains streamlined descriptions of measurement concepts and heritability research Includes various boxes containing interesting asides that help to maintain the student's attention.

About The Author

Michael C. Ashton is a professor of psychology at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Western Ontario in 1998. As a grad student in the late 1990s, together with Kibeom Lee, he did some cross-cultural research to find out whether the Big Five personality dimensions found in North Am...

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Title:Individual Differences And PersonalityFormat:HardcoverDimensions:416 pages, 9.25 × 7.5 × 0.98 inPublished:April 12, 2013Publisher:Academic PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0124160093

ISBN - 13:9780124160095

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Chapter 1: Basic Concepts in Psychological Measurement
Chapter 2: Personality Traits and the Inventories That Measure Them
Chapter 3: Personality Structure: Classifying Traits
Chapter 4: Developmental Change and Stability of Personality Traits
Chapter 5: Biological Bases of Personality
Chapter 6: Genetic and Environmental Influences on Personality
Chapter 7: The Evolution of Personality Variation
Chapter 8: Personality Disorders
Chapter 9: Personality and Life Outcomes
Chapter 10: Mental Ability
Chapter 11: Religion and Politics
Chapter 12: Sexuality
Conclusion
References

Editorial Reviews

"This engaging state-of-the-art undergraduate textbook is especially recommended to readers of this journal because of its strong research orientation and its high accessibility for students, a combination rarely achieved.?
-PERSONALITY AND INDIVIDUAL DIFFERENCES (Sept 2007)