Personality Psychology: Understanding Yourself and Others, 2nd edition

Published by Pearson (May 17, 2019) © 2020

  • Jean M. Twenge
  • W Keith Campbell


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For courses in Personality Psychology.

A modern approach to personality that harnesses students' curiosity about themselves and their peers

Personality Psychology: Understanding Yourself and Others presents an up-to-date overview of this fascinating subfield of psychology. Committed to teaching readers about both personality psychology and life itself, authors Jean Twenge and W. Keith Campbell address students' pressing questions about friendship, relationships, health and happiness.

The 2nd Edition offers coverage of contemporary topics such as how the “big 5” personality traits relate to digital communication and the impact of partner personality traits on relationship satisfaction.

Hallmark features of this title

  • The authors focus on modern theories of personality and their applications, conveying contemporary research findings in the real-world contexts that will shape students' lives long after they finish the course.
  • The authors walk students through the field via a 3-part approach. Part 1 introduces the basic concepts methodology of personality psychology. Part 2 presents the foundational approaches to personality. And Part 3 explores personality in applied contexts, such as choosing a career and developing personal relationships.
  • Personality's Past features spotlight critical moments, such as the genesis of personality questionnaires.
  • Timelines highlight the history of certain areas of research, providing concise overviews of classic theories and theorists.

New and updated features of this title

  • NEW: The 2nd Edition offers new material on key topics such as:
    • how the “big 5” personality traits relate to digital communication
    • evolution and same sex attraction
    • partner personality traits and relationship satisfaction
    • the interplay between personality traits and psychological disorders
  • NEW: Extensive coverage of new studies and citations highlights the most recent and relevant research in the field.

Features of Revel for the 2nd Edition

  • Videos and interactives keep students engaged as they read through each chapter.
    • Integrated video clips illustrate important concepts.
    • Multimedia photo galleries illuminate key topics.
    • Interactive figures and tables engage students by making data more dynamic.
  • UPDATED: More than 25 personality questionnaires enable students to learn about themselves and to better understand how they compare to others. Now assignable, these questionnaires allow students to see how their responses compare to other students taking the same course across the country.
  • The Science of Personality mini simulations walk students through the research process 1 step at a time to help them better see and relate to the scientific process. These features detail how research is conducted, data are analyzed, and conclusions are reached in the scientific community.

1. Understanding Yourself and Others
2. Assessment and Methods

3. The Big Five Personality Traits
4. Biological Underpinnings of Personality
5. Self-Concept and Self-Processes
6. Psychodynamic Approaches
7. Motivation
8. How Learning Shapes Behavior

9. Personality Across the Lifespan
10. Gender and Personality
11. Culture and Personality
12. Personality in the Workplace
13. Personality and Relationships
14. Personality and Mental Health
15. Personality and Physical Health

About our authors

Jean M. Twenge, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology at San Diego State University, is the author of more than 130 scientific publications and the books iGen: Why Today's Super-Connected Kids Are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood; Generation Me: Why Today's Young Americans Are More Confident, Assertive, Entitled and More Miserable Than Ever Before; The Narcissism Epidemic: Living in the Age of Entitlement (with W. Keith Campbell); and Social Psychology (13th Edition, with David G. Myers). She frequently gives talks and seminars on iGen based on a dataset of 11 million young people. Her research has been covered in Time, Newsweek, The New York Times, USA Today, U.S. News and World Report and The Washington Post, and she has been featured on Today, Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, Fox and Friends, NBC Nightly News, Dateline NBC and National Public Radio.

Keith Campbell, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology at the University of Georgia, is the author of more than 100 scientific publications and the books, When You Love a Man Who Loves Himself: How to Deal with a One-Way Relationship; The Narcissism Epidemic: Living in the Age of Entitlement(with Jean Twenge); and The Handbook of Narcissism and Narcissistic Personality Disorder: Theoretical Approaches, Empirical Findings and Treatments (with Josh Miller). His work on narcissism has appeared in USA Today, Time and The New York Times, and he has made numerous radio and television appearances, including The Today Show, NPR's All Things Considered and The Glenn Beck Show. Dr. Campbell speaks to organizations around the globe on the topics of narcissism, generations and cultural change.

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