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Theories of Personality: A Zonal Perspective, Coursesmart eTextbook

By John Berecz

Published by Pearson

Published Date: Apr 24, 2008

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Instead of using a historical, categorical, or research approach to teaching personality, John M. Berecz maps theories and research onto a zonal grid to facilitate comparison and analysis.


What exactly is a "zone?"  Berecz uses a unique and logical organizational structure to sort diverse theories of personality into zones of commonality. Each personality theory is located in a particular zone, based on the level of analysis (micro or macro) and whether the theory focuses mostly on the person or the situation. For example, Skinner's behaviorism (chapter 3) is located in the Situational Zone, while Freud's psychoanalysis (chapter 6) is found in the Insight Zone.


This zonal perspective facilitates learning and retention by providing a broad context within which students can understand and organize information that might otherwise appear as an overwhelming mass of interesting, but disconnected ideas. Using a zonal perspective allows instructors to "connect the dots" among a broad array of diverse theories and research findings.


Table of Contents

·        Introduction: A Zonal Perspective

  • Chapter 1 A Zonal Approach to the Study of Personality 
  • Chapter 2 Ancient and Modern Compositional Theories of Personality:  Hippocrates, Galen, Hebb, and Wilson
  • Chapter 3 Conditioning/Learning Theories of Personality—Person as Trained Animal:  Watson, Pavlov, and Skinner
  • Chapter 4 Trait Theories and Evolutionary Psychology:  Allport, Eysenck, Cattell, Costa & McCrae, and Buss
  • Chapter 5 Person as Processor—Computer and Cognitive Models of Mind:  Karl Pribram, Steven Pinker, Walter Mischel, and Complexity Theorists 
  • Chapter 6  Encapsulated Self (Ego) of Freud’s Psychoanalysis:  Josef Breuer and Sigmund Freud
  • Chapter 7 From the Absorbent Self of Object-Relations Theory to the Mutually-Regulated Self of Object Relations and Ego Psychology:  Anna Freud, Melanie Klein, Margaret Mahler, and Erik Erikson
  • Chapter 8 Social Self in Cultural Context:  Alfred Adler, Karen Horney, and Eric Fromm
  • Chapter 9 From Object-Relations to Dyadic Theories of Personality:  Harry Stack Sullivan, Eric Berne, Jean Baker Miller, Nancy Chodorow, and the Stone Center Group
  • Chapter 10 Constructivism in Personality Theories:  Jean Piaget: Constructing Personality from Rhythms and Reflexes;  George Kelly: Constructing Personality from Perceptions;  Albert Ellis: Constructing Personality from Cognition
  • Chapter 11 Humanistic Psychology (The Third Force):  Carl Rogers and Abraham Maslow
  • Chapter 12 Existential Theories of Personality:  Rollo May and Ernest Becker
  • Chapter 13 Transpersonal Theories of Personality:  William James and Carl Jung.
  • Chapter 14 Putting Personality All Together—or at least synthesizing some of it!

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