Perspectives on Personality, Books a la Carte, 8th edition

  • Charles S. Carver
  • Michael F. Scheier


For courses in Personality Psychology


An overview of personality psychology that brings various perspectives to life

Perspectives on Personality describes a range of viewpoints that are used by personality psychologists today, and helps students understand how these viewpoints can be applied to their own lives. Authors Charles Carver and Michael Scheier dedicate a chapter to each major perspective, presenting an overview of the perspective’s orienting assumptions and core themes and concluding with a discussion of problems within that theoretical viewpoint and predictions about its future prospects. The Eighth Edition incorporates several important recent developments in the field, including genetics and genomics and the biological underpinnings of impulsiveness.


NOTE: This ISBN is for a Pearson Books a la Carte edition: a convenient, three-hole-punched, loose-leaf text. In addition to the flexibility offered by this format, Books a la Carte editions offer students great value, as they cost significantly less than a bound textbook.

Table of contents

1. What Is Personality Psychology?

2. Methods in the Study of Personality

3. Issues in Personality Assessment

4. The Trait Perspective

5. The Motive Perspective

6. Genetics, Evolution, and Personality

7. Biological Processes and Personality

8. The Psychoanalytic Perspective

9. Psychosocial Theories

10. The Learning Perspective

11. Self-Actualization and Self-Determination

12. The Cognitive Perspective

13. The Self-Regulation Perspective

14. Personality in Perspective: Overlap and Integration

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Published by Pearson (February 22nd 2016) - Copyright © 2017