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Theories of Personality


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Found in this Section:1. Brief Table of Contents2. Full Table of Contents 1. BRIEF TABLE OF CONTENTS Chapter 1 Introduction to Personality Theory Part 1: The Psychoanalytic PerspectiveChapter 2 Freud: Classical PsychoanalysisChapter 3 Jung: Analytical Psychology Part II: The Psychoanalytic-Social PerspectiveChapter 4 Adler: Individual PsychologyChapter 5 Erikson: Psychosocial DevelopmentChapter 6 Horney and Relational Theory: Interpersonal Psychoanalytic Theory Part III: The Trait PerspectiveChapter 7 Allport: Personological Trait TheoryChapter 8 Two Factor Analytic Trait Theories: Cattell's 16 Factors and the Big FiveChapter 9 Biological Theories: Evolution, Genetics, and Biological Factor Theories Part IV: The Behavioral PerspectiveChapter 10 The Challenge of Behaviorism: Dollard and Miller, Skinner, and StaatsChapter 11 Kelly: Personal Construct TheoryChapter 12 Mischel: Traits in Cognitive Social Learning TheoryChapter 13 Bandura: Performance in Cognitive Social Learning Theory Part V: The Humanistic PerspectiveChapter14 Rogers: Person-Centered Theory Chapter 15 Maslow and His Legacy: Need Hierarchy Theory and Positive PsychologyChapter 16 Buddhist Psychology: Lessons From Eastern CultureChapter 17 Conclusion 2. FULL TABLE OF CONTENTS Chapter 1: Introduction to Personality TheoryPersonality: The Study of IndividualsDescription of PersonalityPersonality DynamicsPersonality DevelopmentThe Scientific ApproachMethods in Personality ResearchOne Theory or Many? Eclecticism and the Future of Personality TheorySummary Part 1: The Psychoanalytic Perspective Chapter 2: Freud: Classical PsychoanalysisChapter OverviewPreview: Overview of Freud's TheoryThe UnconsciousStructures of the PersonalityIntrapsychic ConflictPersonality DevelopmentPsychoanalytic TreatmentPsychoanalysis as a Scientific TheorySummary Chapter 3: Jung: Analytical PsychologyChapter OverviewPreview: Overview of Jung's TheoryThe Structure of PersonalitySymbolism and the Collective UnconsciousTherapySynchronicityPsychological TypesSummary Part II: The Psychoanalytic-Social Perspective Chapter 4: Adler: Individual PsychologyChapter OverviewPreview: Overview of Adler's TheoryStriving from Inferiority toward SuperiorityThe Unity of PersonalityThe Development of PersonalityPsychological HealthInterventions Based on Adler's TheorySummary Chapter 5: Erikson: Psychosocial DevelopmentChapter OverviewPreview: Overview of Erikson's TheoryThe Epigenetic PrincipleThe Psychosocial StagesThe Role of Culture in Relation to the Psychosocial StagesRacial and Ethnic IdentityResearch on Development through the Psychosocial StagesToward a Psychoanalytic Social PsychologySummary Chapter 6: Horney and Relational Theory: Interpersonal Psychoanalytic TheoryChapter OverviewPreview: Overview of Interpersonal Psychoanalytic TheoryInterpersonal Psychoanalysis: HorneyBasic Anxiety and Basic HostilityThree Interpersonal OrientationsFour Major Adjustments to Basic AnxietySecondary Adjustment TechniquesCultural Determinants of DevelopmentTherapyParental Behavior and Personality DevelopmentThe Relational Approach Within Psychoanalytic TheoryThe Sense of Self in RelationshipsNarcissismAttachment in Infancy and AdulthoodTherapySummary Part III: The Trait Perspective Chapter 7: Allport: Personological Trait TheoryChapter OverviewPreview: Overview of Allport's TheoryMajor Themes in Allport's WorkAllport's Definition of PersonalityPersonality TraitsPersonality DevelopmentPersonality and Social PhenomenaEclecticismSummary Chapter 8: Two Factor Analytic Trait Theories: Cattell's 16 Factors and the Big FiveChapter OverviewPreview: Overview of Factor Analytic Trait TheoriesFactor AnalysisThe 16 Factor Theory: CattellPersonality Measurement and the Prediction of BehaviorBecause Personality Is Complex: A Multivariate ApproachPsychological AdjustmentThree Types of TraitsPredicting BehaviorDeterminants of Personality: Heredity and EnvironmentThe Role of Theory in Cattell's Empirical ApproachThe Big Five Factor TheoryExtraversionAgreeablenessNeuroticismConscientiousnessOpennessA Hierarchical ModelAre the Five Factors Universal?Various Measures of the Big FiveFactors and Other Personality Constructs Summary Chapter 9: Biological Theories: Evolution, Genetics, and Biological Factor TheoriesChapter OverviewPreview: Overview of Biological TheoriesEvolutionary ApproachesAggression and DominanceSexual BehaviorParental BehaviorAltruism and Social EmotionsCultureGenetics and PersonalityTemperamentEmotional ArousalCortical ArousalBiological Factor Theories: Eysenck, Gray, and OthersEysenck's "PEN" Biological ModelGray's Reinforcement Sensitivity TheoryCloninger's Tridimensional ModelBiological Mechanisms in ContextSummary Part IV: The Behavioral Perspective Chapter 10: The Challenge of Behaviorism: Dollard and Miller, Skinner, and StaatsChapter OverviewPreview: Overview of Behavioral TheoriesPsychoanalytic Learning Theory: Dollard and MillerLearning Theory Reconceptualization of Psychoanalytic ConceptsFour Fundamental Concepts About LearningThe Learning ProcessThe Four Critical Training Periods of ChildhoodFrustration and AggressionConflictLanguage, Neurosis, and PsychotherapySuppressionRadical Behaviorism: SkinnerBehavior as the Data for Scientific StudyLearning PrinciplesApplications of Behavioral TechniquesRadical Behaviorism and Personality: Some ConcernsPsychological Behaviorism: StaatsReinforcementBasic Behavioral RepertoiresSituationsPsychological AdjustmentThe Nature-Nurture Question from the Perspective of Psychological BehaviorismThe Act Frequency Approach to Personality MeasurementContributions of Behaviorism to Personality TheorySummary Chapter 11: Kelly: Personal Construct TheoryChapter OverviewPreview: Overview of Kelly's TheoryConstructive AlternativismThe Process of ConstruingThe Structure of Construct SystemsThe Social Embeddedness of Construing EffortsThe Role Construct Repertory (REP) TestCognitive ComplexityPersonality ChangeTherapyResearch FindingsSummary Chapter 12: Mischel: Traits in Cognitive Social Learning TheoryChapter OverviewPreview: Overview of Mischel's TheoryDelay of GratificationPersonality Traits: Mischel's ChallengeThe CAPS ModelApplications of the CAPS Model of PersonalitySummary Chapter 13: Bandura: Performance in Cognitive Social Learning TheoryChapter OverviewPreview: Overview of Bandura's TheoriesReciprocal DeterminismSelf-Regulation of Behavior: The Self-SystemSelf-EfficacyProcesses Influencing LearningObservational Learning and ModelingTherapyThe Person in the Social EnvironmentSummary Part V: The Humanistic Perspective Chapter14: Rogers: Person-Centered TheoryChapter OverviewPreview: Overview of Rogers's TheoryThe Actualizing TendencyThe SelfDevelopmentTherapyOther ApplicationsCriticisms of Rogers's TheorySummary Chapter 15: Maslow and His Legacy: Need Hierarchy Theory and Positive PsychologyChapter OverviewPreview: Overview of Maslow's TheoryNeed Hierarchy Theory: MaslowMaslow's Vision of PsychologyHierarchy of NeedsSelf-ActualizationApplications and Implications of Maslow's TheoryMaslow's Challenge to Traditional ScienceSelf-Determination Theory and Intrinsic MotivationPositive PsychologyPositive Subjective ExperiencePositive TraitsPositive InstitutionsThe Promise of Positive PsychologySummary Chapter 16: Buddhist Psychology: Lessons From Eastern CultureChapter OverviewPreview: Overview of Buddhist PsychologyThe Relevance of Buddhism for Personality PsychologyA Brief History of BuddhismThe Buddhist Worldview: The Four Noble TruthsBuddhism and Personality ConceptsSpiritual PracticesBuddhism and PsychotherapyThe Importance of the Dialogue, and Some CautionsSummary Chapter 17: ConclusionChapter OverviewChoosing or Combining TheoriesTheories as MetaphorsSummary

About the Author

Sue Cloninger is a California native who, after living several places in the U.S. and Germany, has settled in upstate New York for the past three decades. She is a professor of psychology at the Sage Colleges in Troy and Albany, New York, and also teaches online through Empire State College. Currently she chairs the Institutional Research Board (IRB) at The Sage Colleges. Her graduate work at The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, under a National Science Foundation fellowship, focused on personality and motivation. Other interests include topics at the interface of personality and social psychology, such as the self. She's proud of her son John, an architect. In her spare time, she enjoys music, plays, and gardening.


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- Gaston Weisz, Adelphi University

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