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Personality, 8th Edition

  • Jerry M. Burger Santa Clara University
  • ISBN-10: 0495813966  |  ISBN-13: 9780495813965
  • 544 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2008, 2004, 2000
  • © 2011 | Published
  • Newer Edition Available
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Jerry Burger’s PERSONALITY is the respected, recognized best-seller in the market, providing a solid mid-level book that fuses the best of theory-based and research-based instruction to give students a powerful introduction to personality. Burger pairs "theory, applications, and assessment" chapters with chapters that describe the research programs aligned with every major theoretical approach. Biographical sketches of theorists and accounts of the stories behind influential research programs help students understand how classic and contemporary findings relate to each other, and reinforce the idea that theory and research perpetuate one another. To round out the text, in-text self-assessments and a Study Guide (available separately) get students to interact with the material

Features and Benefits

  • Burger’s integrated approach pairs Theory chapters with companion chapters on relevant research for each theoretical perspective. The structure of the book is designed to demonstrate how the classic theories drive research and that the relevant research findings often shape the development and acceptance of new theories.
  • The book is an excellent overview of all major theories of personality as well as current research topics.
  • "Assessing Your Own Personality" exercises let students actively experience personality tests and learn how assessment works. Students will find numerous personality tests to take and score themselves, thereby gaining hands-on experience with chapter content.
  • Application sections in the theory chapters show how the theory can be applied to such everyday problems as job satisfaction or therapy.
  • "In the News" boxes engage students with current, relevant examples that show how concepts in the text apply to daily life.

Table of Contents

1. What Is Personality?
2. Personality Research Methods.
3. The Psychoanalytic Approach: Freudian Theory, Application and Assessment.
4. The Freudian Approach: Relevant Research.
5. The Psychoanalytic Approach: Neo-Freudian Theory, Application and Assessment.
6. The Neo-Freudian Theories: Relevant Research.
7. The Trait Approach: Theory, Application, and Assessment.
8. The Trait Approach: Relevant Research.
9. The Biological Approach: Theory, Application, and Assessment.
10. The Biological Approach: Relevant Research.
11. The Humanistic Approach: Theory, Application, and Assessment.
12. The Humanistic Approach: Relevant Research.
13. The Behavioral/Social Learning Approach: Theory, Application, and Assessment.
14. The Behavioral/Social Learning Approach: Relevant Research.
15. The Cognitive Approach: Theory, Application and Assessment.
16. The Cognitive Approach: Relevant Research.

What's New

  • More than 250 references have been added to this edition, including an expanded discussion of theory and research on the behavioral activation system (BAS) and behavioral inhibition system (BIS) and a new section on unmitigated communion as part of the discussion of individual differences in gender-role behavior.
  • The author has added a personality scale for students to assess their own level of unmitigated communion in Chapter 14. That same chapter includes a new section on the effects of playing violent video games, a topic of particular relevance for many college students.
  • The author has added a new research topic to Chapter 16—cognitions and aggression, presented the general aggression model and discussed the research on reactive aggression in elementary school and middle school boys.

Learning Resource Bundles

Choose the textbook packaged with the resources that best meet your course and student needs. Contact your Learning Consultant for more information.

Bundle: Personality, 8th + Personality Theories Workbook, 5th

ISBN-10: 1111654468 | ISBN-13: 9781111654467


All supplements have been updated in coordination with the main title. Select the main title's "About" tab, then select "What's New" for updates specific to title's edition.

For more information about these supplements, or to obtain them, contact your Learning Consultant.

Instructor Supplements

Instructor’s Manual with Test Bank  (ISBN-10: 0840031718 | ISBN-13: 9780840031716)

By Thomas L. Wilson of Bellarmine University. Streamline and maximize the effectiveness of your course preparation using such resources as classroom demonstrations and exercises, assignments and projects, and handouts. This time-saving resource also includes a Test Bank that offers approximately 50 multiple-choice, 5 short answer, and 5 true/false questions per chapter.

Electronic Transparencies on eBank  (ISBN-10: 0538792949 | ISBN-13: 9780538792943)

These electronic transparencies include many of the figures and tables from the text, provided on eBank for convenient use with Microsoft PowerPoint.

ExamView®  (ISBN-10: 084003170X | ISBN-13: 9780840031709)

Featuring automatic grading, ExamView® allows you to create, deliver, and customize tests and study guides (both print and online) in minutes. See assessments onscreen exactly as they will print or display online. Build tests of up to 250 questions using up to 12 question types and enter an unlimited number of new questions or edit existing questions.

Personality Theories Workbook  (ISBN-10: 0495506451 | ISBN-13: 9780495506454)

The case studies in PERSONALITY THEORIES WORKBOOK, 4e, help students learn and apply personality theories to real-life examples of typical--rather than abnormal--behavior. While most personality texts present just the major concepts of personality theories, Donna Ashcraft’s unique workbook ensures that students thoroughly understand examples and enables students to put theories into practice. The text’s wide range of case studies is accompanied by questions that guide students through an analysis of the case, prompting them to consider how a particular theorist would view it. A variety of questions helps students apply each theory to real-world examples, while resources such as theory comparison questions ensure that students understand the differences between each theory. Succinct, affordable, and accessible, PERSONALITY THEORIES WORKBOOK, 4e, combines an excellent assortment of cases with critical-thinking questions and greater application of theories to students’ personal lives. The result is solid student understanding.

Student Supplements

Study Guide  (ISBN-10: 0495909904 | ISBN-13: 9780495909903)

The perfect way to prepare for exams and get the grade you want! Easy access to learning objectives, important concepts, review, and quizzing.

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Jerry M. Burger

Jerry M. Burger is a professor of Psychology at Santa Clara University. He is the author of dozens of journal articles and book chapters, as well as the book DESIRE FOR CONTROL: PERSONALITY, SOCIAL, AND CLINICAL PERSPECTIVES (1992). He has been on the editorial board of the Journal of Personality and the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, and has served as an associate editor for the Personality Processes and Individual Difference section of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. Burger continues to teach the personality course, and PERSONALITY, 9th Edition reflects his many years of experience.