Theories of Personality: Contemporary Approaches to the Science of Personality
by Jeffrey J. Magnavita
(ISBN: 0-471-37890-9, hardcover, 501 pp.)
(from the back cover...)
Balanced and Comprehensive Coverage of Modern Theories of Personality
Over the last two decades, the study of personality has grown and expanded at
a rapid rate. The era of "contemporary" personality theory has been ushered
in--fueled in the last quarter of the twentieth century by advances in the
fields of psychology, psychiatry, genetics, psychopathology, computer
technology, and neuroscience.
Jeffrey Magnavita, one of the leading new scholars in the field of
personality theory, offers a rich and balanced text on the evolution of
personality theory. Students travel through the historical underpinnings of
personality theory beginning with the early Greek theoretical models, which are
followed by the later nineteenth-century attempts at establishing scientific
Magnavita highlights the genesis of modern scientific personality theory that
started with Freud and progressed through the work of Freud's disciples and the
controversy they sparked. This sets the stage for the primary focus of the
text--illustrating the contemporary, interdisciplinary approach to personality
theory through the analysis of seven major contemporary models of personality...
Each chapter covering these seven models begins with a review of the main
historical figures, followed by a presentation of the current theory. The
philosophical foundations and assumptions; notions of normal vs. abnormal;
assessment strategies and tools; ways cultural and gender differences are
understood; strengths and limitations; and applications of each model are
offered. The final section covers model applications, continuing research, and
future directions of the field--providing students an active sense of evolution
and process that makes this a unique and current learning tool.
About the Author: Jeffrey J. Magnavita, PhD, ABPP, teaches at the University
of Hartford, West Hartford, Connecticut, and is Director of the Connecticut
Center for Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy at the Glastonbury Medical Arts
Center, Glastonbury, Connecticut. His other books include Relational Therapy for
Personality Disorders (Wiley) and Restructuring Personality Disorders.