Personality Theory and Research. An International Perspective

  • ID: 2242076
  • Book
  • Region: Global
  • 640 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Personality Theory and Research provides an excellent balance between theory and research, and between new developments and important historical contributions to the study of personality. This text is uniquely dedicated to providing a truly international and cross–cultural perspective on personality by discussing theories and examining research from Canada and around the world. The extensive focus on applied research encourages a person–centred approach and illustrates that personality and individual differences matter greatly. The text's use of relevant personality examples, a lively and engaging writing style, and four–colour design helps today's student reader connect with this dynamic discipline.
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Chapter 1 –

Personality: An Introduction

Chapter 2 –

Units of Personality: Traits versus Traits

Chapter 3 –

The Development of Personality

Chapter 4 –

Personality Research Methods and Assessment Issues

Chapter 5 –

Psychodynamic Theories

Chapter 6 –

Motivational Theories and Psychological Needs

Chapter 7 –

Humanistic Theories and Self–Actualization

Chapter 8 –

Behavioural and Learning Theories

Chapter 9 –

Cognitive Theories and Cognitive Factors

Chapter 10 –

Interpersonal Theories and Interpersonal Styles

Chapter 11 –

Personality and the Self–Concept

Chapter 12 –

Personality and Health

Chapter 13 –

Personality, Mental Health, and Psychopathology

Chapter 14 –

Psychobiography and Personology: Summing up the Whole Person
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Gordon L. Flett is a Professor of Psychology at York University in Toronto. He received his B.Sc., M.A., and Ph.D. from the University of Toronto, and he began his appointment at York University in 1987. Dr. Flett has served as Director of Undergraduate Studies in York s Department of Psychology, and he received the Outstanding Teaching Award from the Faculty of Arts at York University in 1993 and again in 1997. Dr. Flett has taught courses on personality psychology, personality theory, and behavioural disorders at the undergraduate level, as well as courses in personality theory and research and in the self–concept at the graduate level. 
In 2004, Dr. Flett was awarded a Tier I Canada Research Chair in Personality and Health. In 1999, he received the Dean s Award for Outstanding Research from the Faculty of Arts at York University. In 1996, Dr. Flett was recognized by the American Psychological Society as one of the top 25 scholars in psychology, based on the number of publications over a five–year period.
Dr. Flett s research interests include the role of personality factors in depression and the interpersonal aspects of anxiety. Dr. Flett is most recognized for his seminal contributions to research and theory on the role of perfectionism in psychopathology. His collaborative work with Dr. Paul Hewitt of the University of British Columbia on perfectionism has received widespread national and international attention and has been the subject of numerous media stories, including coverage on CTV, CNN, and the BBC. This work has been supported by major research grants from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.
Dr. Flett has written more than 130 journal articles and book chapters. He co–edited (along with Paul Hewitt) the first academic book on perfectionism, entitled
Perfectionism: Theory, Research, and Treatment , published in 2002, which received widespread praise from reviewers. More recently, in 2004, Dr. Flett and Dr. Hewitt also edited the first of three special issues on perfectionism for the
Journal of Rational–Emotive and Cognitive–Behaviour Therapy.
Dr. Flett has also teamed with Dr. Hewitt to create the Multidimensional Perfectionism Scale, which was published in 2004 by Multi–Health Systems Inc. They have also collaborated on the development of several other measures, including the Child–Adolescent Perfectionism Scale, the Perfectionism Cognitions Inventory, and the Perfectionistic Self–Presentation Scale. Dr. Flett is also the co–creator of the newly developed Endler Multidimensional Anxiety Scales (EMAS) Social Anxiety Scales.
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