Personality Theories : A Comparative Analysis

Personality Theories : A Comparative Analysis

Highly regarded by both students and scholars through six editions! Now available from Waveland Press, this highly acclaimed, well-organized text gives direction to students of personality in their efforts to understand the whole person. Maddi’s conversational style encourages thinking instead of memorizing, thereby helping readers master principles from which they can derive knowledge, rather than merely accepting the principles of one theory or another. He explains, compares, and contrasts a number of different personality theories to illuminate the overall models of human behavior they express and provides a frame of reference that coordinates important features of the theories with relevant personality research. Along with a thorough discussion of research methods, this approach shows how empirical efforts are used with theory to resolve the issues separating the different models, successfully merging theory and research.

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  1. Marcel Harper said,

    Wrote on December 6, 2011 @ 4:41 am

    9 of 9 people found the following review helpful:
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    Salvatore Maddi’s Classic Text – Personality theories, October 29, 2003
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    This review is from: Personality Theories : A Comparative Analysis (Paperback)

    Throughout my years of teaching personality theories both to undergraduates and graduates, I have not found a better text. This text provides teacher and student with much more than a brief smattering of theorist history and basic concepts. It is a critical analysis of the major theorists’ concepts, and it helps readers to think deeply about these theories and to make higher level evaluations of the theorists’ reasoning. Its sixth edition now includes more current personality theories, and consistent with past editions, this text also provides readers with relevant research findings. I recommend it highly. My students throughout the years have really loved this book and appreciated the author’s approach and level of understanding. Dr. Khoshaba

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  2. A. Lal said,

    Wrote on December 6, 2011 @ 4:49 am

    11 of 12 people found the following review helpful:
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    Excellent review of personology !, February 18, 2000
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    In this comprehensive and voluminous tome, Salvatore Maddi presents what must be the seminal review of personality psychology today.

    This book does not only present fair and detailed accounts of various theories of personality, but also succeeds in capturing the reader’s imagination and truly represents personology as a fascinating and uplifting discipline.

    Additionally, the second section of Maddi’s work features discussions of empirical and rational support for various theories, as seen from within the author’s proposed conceptual framework for clarifying personality theory.

    This book is an indispensable guide for all students of Psychology or Philosophy

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  3. Anonymous said,

    Wrote on December 6, 2011 @ 4:55 am

    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful:
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    Phenomenal, February 28, 2007
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    A. Lal
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    This review is from: Personality Theories : A Comparative Analysis (Paperback)

    As a former student of Dr. Maddi’s, I found this book to be quite helpful in understanding multiple theorists standpoints. It is an excellent resource for both undergraduate and graduate students. I am currently a graduate student in Clinical Psychology and I highly recommend this text for those interesting in understanding different perspectives in personality functioning.

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