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Personality Theory

Second Edition

Douglas P. Crowne

Publication Date - August 2009

ISBN: 9780195430202

648 pages

Retail Price to Students: $244.99

A balanced and versatile text that utilizes eight overarching paradigms for understanding human behavior


Personality Theory is a lively and accessible introduction to the major theoretical perspectives that inform contemporary research on personality. Tracing the work of individual theorists within the context of the eight overarching paradigms used to explain the origins and organization of human behavior, author Douglas Crowne provides an even-handed overview of each theorist's contributions to the field.
Students are encouraged to think critically by assessing the theorists' strengths and weaknesses, while pointing to what remains valuable and groundbreaking in their work. This second edition has been thoroughly updated and boasts new pedagogy, a new chapter on personality disorders, and new part divisions reflecting the basic paradigms. Engaging with a lucid narrative, Personality Theory is an exceptionally fascinating and readable text.


  • New chapter on personality disorders
  • Versatile organization: mix of theorist and paradigm material
  • Outstanding range of pedagogy. New learning tools, such as 'Points to Remember', lists of further reading, and review questions, are designed to enhance student understanding
  • New 'Test Yourself' questions ensure students understand and can correctly answer the basics before moving on to more abstract and advanced concepts
  • New 'Theory in Practice' boxes included throughout present new case studies designed to help students better understand the application of theory
  • New personality quizzes in a brand-new appendix offer students a fun, engaging way to assess their own personality in relation to personality theory
  • New part openers and a paradigm summary at the beginning of each part offer students perspective on paradigms in personality theory

About the Author(s)

Douglas P. Crowne is Professor Emeritus from the University of Waterloo and a Fellow of the American Psychological Association.

Previous Publication Date(s)

November 2006

Table of Contents

    1. The Scientific Study of Personality
    Part 1: The Psychodynamic Paradigm
    2. The Beginnings of Personality Theory
    3. Psychoanalysis: Sigmund Freud
    4. Analytic Psychology: Carl Jung
    5. Ego Psychology: Anna Freud, Heinz Hartmann, and Erik Erikson
    Part 2: Family, Society, and Culture
    6. The Neo-Freudians: Alfred Adler
    7. Three Eminent Neo-Freudians: Harry Stack Sullivan, Karen Horney, and Erich Fromm
    Part 3: The Psychiatric Paradigm
    8. Disorders of Personality (new chapter)
    Part 4: Trait Theory
    9. Gordon Allport, Raymond Cattell, Hans Eysenck, and the Big Five
    Part 5: Existentialism
    10. The Existentialism of R.D. Laing
    Part 6: Phenomenology and Humanism
    11. Carl Rogers' Theory of the Person, George Kelly's Personal Construct Theory, and Positive Psychology
    Part 7: Learning and Theories of Personality
    12. The S-R Theory of John Dollard and Neal Miller
    13. The Radical Behaviourism of B.F. Skinner
    14. The Social Learning Theory of Julian Rotter
    15. The Social Cognitive Learning Theories of Albert Bandura and Walter Mischel
    Part 8: The Inheritance of Behaviour
    16. Genes, Behaviour, and Personality
    17. Personality Theory in Perspective