An Introduction to the Science of Personality Psychology
Presents psychologists with an organizational scheme for personality psychology. This book sets the study of the person into an evolutionary and cultural context and divides the personality into three broad areas: dispositional traits, characteristic adaptations, and integrative life stories.
Part I: The Background: Persons, Human Nature, and Culture 1 1. Studying the Person 2. Evolution and Human Nature 3. Social Learning and Culture Part II: Sketching the Outline: Dispositional Traits and the Prediction of Behavior 4. Personality Traits: Fundamental Concepts and Issues 5. Five Basic Traits - In the Brain and in Behavior 6. Continuity and Change in Traits: The Role of Genes, Environments, and Time Part III: Filling in the Details: Characteristic Adaptations to Life Tasks 7. Motives and Goals: What Do We Want in Life? 8. Self and Other: Social-Cognitive Aspects of Personality 9. Developmental Stages and Tasks Part IV: Making a Life: The Stories We Live By 10. Life Scripts, Life Stories 11. The Interpretation of Stories: From Freud to Today 12. Writing Stories of Lives: Biography and Life Course