Understanding People by Trevor ButtUnderstanding People by Trevor Butt

Understanding People

byTrevor Butt

Paperback | November 14, 2003

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Understanding People provides an overview and critique of current psychological assumptions about people and what differentiates them, and replaces them with a set of ideas taken from social constructionism. It begins with an examination of contemporary theories, then explores the critique of the social constructionists, before laying out the basis of an understanding of human action and behaviour, drawing on phenomenology and personal construct theory. Using everyday experience to illustrate the issues in personality theory (Is behaviour situation-specific? Why do we have a sense of self? Is there an unconscious?), this book will breathe life into an area of psychology that is so often arid, and, in the eyes of students, divorced from their world.
TREVOR BUTT is Reader in Psychology at the University of Huddersfield, where he teaches a variety of courses including personality and social psychology, personal construct psychology and social constructionism. He has published widely on the relationship between personal and social constructionism, and, with Vivien Burr, wrote Invita...
Title:Understanding PeopleFormat:PaperbackDimensions:208 pagesPublished:November 14, 2003Publisher:Macmillan Education UKLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1403904669

ISBN - 13:9781403904669

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Table of Contents

PART I: FROM PERSONALITY TO SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY.- The Dimensions of Personality.- Personality Theories 1: Trait/Biological and Cognitive/Social Approaches.- Personality Theories 2: Psychodynamic and Humanistic Approaches.- The Social Constructionist Critique of Personality.- PART II: AN EXISTENTIAL PHENOMENOLOGICAL APPROACH.- Interpretive Understanding: From Social Constructionism to Existential Phenomenonology.- The Causes of Behaviour.- The Sense of Self.- The Unconscious.- Psychological Reconstruction.