The Cambridge Handbook of Personality Psychology

The Cambridge Handbook of Personality Psychology by Philip J. Corr and Gerald Matthews pdfThe Cambridge Handbook of Personality Psychology by Philip J. Corr and Gerald Matthews pdf

The study of personality requires an unusual feat of mental vision. Those of us who work in this field must focus narrowly on one or more specialized research topics, while simultaneously maintaining a wide-angle view of personality in a broader sense. The day-to-day demands of doing research can make it hard to preserve the broader focus, especially when immediate research projects are progressing well.

The aim of this Handbook is to assist researchers, practitioners and students to regard the larger picture of personality research. Recent years have seen a resurgence of interest in personality, directed along lines of research that sometimes converge and sometimes seem to diverge. Our motivation in compiling this Handbook was to provide a general overview of the many areas of study that together define this branch of psychological science – that many of us consider to be becoming increasingly relevant and important in psychology more generally.

The contributors to this Handbook rose to their task admirably, producing relatively brief summaries of their respective areas of expertise in an accessible style that are intended to inform and stimulate, and at times provoke. We instructed contributors to present their material in a way that they thought most appropriate: our concern was to ensure that chapters were presented in the way that best suited the topics – as a result, some chapters are longer than others, and some topics are divided over several chapters.

We offer a collective ‘thank you’ to all contributors not only for producing such high-quality chapters but also for their forbearance in the production process which, as a result of the number of chapters, was slower than anticipated. We can only hope that contributors are pleased by the finished Handbook.

Philip J. Corr
Gerald Matthews



Part I. Foundation Issues

1. Conceptual issues in personality theory
2. Personality psychology of situations
3. Personality: traits and situations
4. Personality and emotion
5. The characterization of persons: some fundamental conceptual issues

Part II. Personality Description and Measurement

6. The trait approach to personality
7. Methods of personality assessment
8. Structural models of personality
9. The Five-Factor Model of personality traits: consensus and controversy
10. Personality and intelligence

Part III. Development Health and Personality Change

11. Childhood temperament
12. The development of personality across the lifespan
13 Models of personality and health
14. Attachment theory: I. Motivational, individual-differences and structural aspects
15. Attachment theory: II. Developmental, psychodynamic and optimal-functioning aspects

Part IV. Biological Perspectives

16. Evolutionary theories of personality
17. Animal models of personality and cross-species comparisons
18. Behavioural genetics: from variance to DNA
19. Neuroimaging of personality
20. Personality neuroscience: explaining individual differences in affect, behaviour and cognition
21. The Reinforcement Sensitivity Theory of Personality

Part V. Cognitive Perspectives

22. Semantic and linguistic aspects of personality
23. Personality and performance: cognitive processes and models
24. Self-regulation and control in personality functioning
25. Self-determination theory: a consideration of human motivational universal
26. Traits and the self: toward an integration
27. Personality as a cognitive-affective processing system

Part VI. Social and Cultural Processes

28. The storied construction of personality
29. Personality and social relations
30. Personality and social support processes
31. Social pain and hurt feelings
32. Personality in cross-cultural perspective
33. Culture and personality
34. Personality and politics

Part VII. Psychopathology

35. Mood and anxiety disorders: the hierarchical structure of personality and psychopathology
36. Personality and psychosis
37. Diagnosis and assessment of disorders of personality
38. Psychopathy and its measurement
39. Personality and eating disorders
40. Personality and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder

Part VIII. Applied Personality Psychology

41. Personality in school psychology
42. Personality in educational psychology
43. Personality at work
44. Workplace safety and personality
45. Personality and crime
46. Treatment of personality disorders

Language: English
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