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Personality: Classic Theories and Modern Research (5th Edition) [Hardcover]

Howard S. Friedman , Miriam W. Schustack
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Dec 21 2010 0205050174 978-0205050178 5

This successful text puts “personality” back into the personality course, integrating the classic insights of the personality theorists with modern research in a manner that will fascinate and encourage deeper thought.


This text explores classic theory from a perspective that encourages critical thinking and fosters intellectual insight with respect to human nature.  For example, it shows the relevance of classic theory to topics of personality and culture, evolution, ego, gender, and person-situation interactionism.


Employing the highest scientific standards, Personality also uses a wide range of unique and provocative pedagogical devices that have been shown to motivate students. Hailed as the best-written, most relevant personality textbook on the market, Friedman and Schustack's fourth edition brings the field of personality to today's diverse student body.

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Howard S. Friedman is Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Riverside, where he studies personality and health. Dr. Friedman was awarded UCR’s Distinguished Teaching Award, and in 2000 he was named Outstanding Teacher by the Western Psychological Association (WPA). He is an elected Fellow of the Division of Personality and Social Psychology and the Division of Health Psychology of the American Psychological Association. He received the 2008 James McKeen Cattell Fellow Award from the Association for Psychological Science (APS), which recognizes a lifetime of outstanding contributions to the area of applied psychological research. An honors graduate of Yale University, Dr. Friedman received his Ph.D. from Harvard University.


Miriam W. Schustack is Professor and Chair of Psychology at California State University in San Marcos (near San Diego), where she currently specializes in individual differences and the use of computers in learning. She previously taught at Harvard University and has served as a Fellow of the American Council on Education. An honors and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Princeton University, Dr. Schustack received her master’s from Yale and her Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Very good Text. Feb. 7 2014
By Lyn
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Easy to comprehend and good examples with a good glossary section. Although the definitions could be improved by elaborating more accurately on terms rather than regurgitate what is written in paragraph. One of the best personality textbooks I have read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great experience with amazon Nov. 24 2013
By dayna
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Came within a few days and in perfect condition. I needed the text for school but would recommend it to anyone interested in a very well rounded view on personality theories - there is something in here we can all relate to!
Thanks Amazon!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well Done May 20 2011
By Nici - Published on Amazon.com
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First thing when you open this book, is a two page chart outlining all of the personality theories. Now that is what I like to see!
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5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT BOOK!!! April 28 2014
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5.0 out of 5 stars the easy reading keeps me motivated Oct. 2 2013
By Firmie Simpson - Published on Amazon.com
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I find this text book the easiest to read and most comprehensible of all the psychology materials I've read. It keeps me interested in learning more about psychology
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3.0 out of 5 stars Pearson: Personality Sept. 19 2011
By Mattymc323 - Published on Amazon.com
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This textbook is a little better than other Pearson textbooks I have used in the past but that isn't giving it much credit. Pearson has a long history of printing texts for which display a strong ideological slant and a politcal bias. Although this text is somewhat different in that it does not carry such an outright agenda as have other books under the same publisher, it still has its share of misinformation. For example: it refers to the "rarely violent" Black Panthers in the 60's to cite evidence of cultural misunderstanding (then amd today.) The only problem with this is history as several prominant members were arrested during this time for violence and murder. I guess the same discription of "rarely violent" could be used to describe Charles Manson.
Overall the book (i think) is a good medium for learning. It is definately a step in the right direction for a company that seems more interested in peddling an ideology and a left-wing agenda than educating. I hope that this is a sign of things to come for this company and that it continues to improve in the future.
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding book!! Aug. 17 2014
By Irma Shenk - Published on Amazon.com
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Well I was so pleased when I received this book. It is totally amazing. I loved the outline of the theories of personalities that appear when I opened the book and saw another outline when I closed the book. What a great quick reference!! Very well done. I am very pleased with the contents of the book. It certainly is well written and covers the material I will need for my college class Theories of Personality. Great book!!
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