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Personality Theories Workbook, 6th Edition

  • Donna Ashcraft Clarion University of Pennsylvania
  • ISBN-10: 1285766652  |  ISBN-13: 9781285766652
  • 176 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2012, 2009, 2006
  • © 2015 | Published
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The case studies in PERSONALITY THEORIES WORKBOOK, Sixth Edition, help students learn and apply personality theories to real-life examples of typical--rather than solely abnormal--behavior. While most personality texts present just the major concepts of personality theories, this unique workbook ensures that students thoroughly understand examples, and enables students to put theories into practice. The wide range of case studies is accompanied by application questions that guide students through an analysis of each case, prompting them to consider how a particular theorist would view it. In addition, theory comparison questions ensure that students understand the differences between each theory. Succinct, affordable, and accessible, PERSONALITY THEORIES WORKBOOK 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.

Features and Benefits

  • A new section on limited domain theories includes case studies that demonstrate learned helplessness and learned optimism, coronary prone (Type A and Type B) behavior, and social anxiety. Accompanying these cases are associated application and theory comparison questions that allow students to learn the concepts as well as see the similarities and differences between these more specific ideas and general concepts in major theories.
  • The workbook includes a wide range of personality theorists commonly covered in the course, making its coverage expansive, in-depth, and complementary to any personality textbook.
  • Critical-thinking questions and relevant exercises (i.e., Application Questions and Theory Comparison Questions) enable students to understand and apply each theory to real-world examples, and ensure that students have a solid understanding of the differences between theories. "Helpful Hints" offer guidance for students having trouble answering some of the application questions.
  • The text is an ideal resource for instructors who use the traditional theory-by-theory organization as well as for those who want to help students who are struggling to understand and distinguish the theories from each other.
  • "Contributions" boxes help students understand the importance of learning each of the theories and what each theorist contributed to the field.

Table of Contents

(Note: Cases for each theorist are accompanied by Application Questions, Theory Comparison Questions, and Helpful Hints.)
Sigmund Freud: Contributions. Case Studies 1–2.
Carl Jung: Contributions. Case Studies 3–4.
Erik Erikson: Contributions. Case Studies 5–6.
Alfred Alder: Contributions. Case Studies 7–8.
Karen Horney: Contributions. Case Studies 9–10.
Erich Fromm: Contributions. Case Studies 11–12.
Harry Stack Sullivan: Contributions. Case Studies 13–14.
John Bowlby and Mary Ainsworth: Contributions. Case Studies 15–16.
Abraham Maslow: Contributions. Case Studies 17–18.
Carl Rogers: Contributions. Case Studies 19–20.
Rollo May: Contributions. Case Studies 21–22.
George Kelly: Contributions. Case Studies 23–24.
Burrhus Frederic Skinner: Contributions. Case Studies 25–26.
Albert Bandura: Contributions. Case Studies 27–28.
Julian Rotter: Contributions. Case Studies 29–30.
Gordon Allport: Contributions. Case Studies 31–32.
Raymond Cattell: Contributions. Case Studies 33–34.
Robert McCrae and Paul Costa: Contributions. Case Studies 35–36.
Evolutionary Psychology: Contributions. Case Studies 37–38.
(Each case is accompanied by Application Questions and Theory Comparison Questions.)
Martin Seligman--Learned Helplessness and Learned Optimism: Case Studies 39–40.
Meyer Friedman and Ray Roseman--The Coronary Prone Personality (Type A and Type B Behavior): Case Studies 41–42.
Social Anxiety: Case Studies 43–44.
(Each case is accompanied by Application Questions.)
Theory Comparison. The Structure of Personality. Stages of Development. Personality Types and Traits. Adjustment. Defense Mechanisms. Needs. The Self. Actualization. Case Studies 45-49.

What's New

  • Professor Donna Ashcraft developed this unique case studies workbook as a solution to a key teaching problem: helping students thoroughly understand each theory. An excellent range of cases--49 in all--illustrates diversity and improves students' ability to compare and contrast theories as well as arrive at their own conclusions about the strengths and limitations of each theory.


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Meet the Author

Author Bio

Donna Ashcraft

Donna Ashcraft is Professor of Psychology at Clarion University of Pennsylvania where she is active in CORAL (Collaborative Online Research and Learning), a task force dedicated to developing social constructivist pedagogy for the use of technology in the classroom. She received her BA in Psychology from State University of New York College at Buffalo and her MA and PhD in Social/Personality Psychology from State University of New York at Albany.