Individual Differences and Personality, 1st Edition

Individual Differences and Personality, 1st Edition,Michael Ashton,ISBN9780080549897


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Designed for upper level undergraduate and graduate level students inquiring about the psychology of personality and individual differences, this textbook focuses on the personality traits and related characteristics that make each person unique. Basic principles of personality measurement are explained and crucial scientific questions of personality psychology are examined via a reader-friendly style and various boxes of interesting asides to keep students’ attention.

Unlike lower-level texts written from a historical perspective that concentrate solely on theory, this textbook summarizes and integrates the contemporary research available about individual differences.


Undergraduate and graduate level courses in personality.

Michael Ashton

Michael C. Ashton is a professor of psychology at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Western Ontario in 1998. As a grad student in the late 1990s, together with Kibeom Lee, he did some cross-cultural research to find out whether the “Big Five” personality dimensions found in North America could be recovered in other cultures. Using their own work and that of other researchers, they found that there were actually six personality dimensions. The “new” one was the H factor, or the Honesty-Humility Factor, was discovered and is now considered one of the six dimensions of human personality. In addition to the second edition of the textbook, Individual Differences and Personality, he is the author of numerous articles in scientific journals, and co-authored with Kibeom Lee The H Factor of Personality.

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Brock University, Ontario, Canada

Individual Differences and Personality, 1st Edition

Chapter 1: Basic Concepts in Psychological Measurement
Chapter 2: Personality Traits and the Inventories That Measure Them
Chapter 3: Personality Structure: Classifying Traits
Chapter 4: Developmental Change and Stability of Personality Traits
Chapter 5: Biological Bases of Personality
Chapter 6: Genetic and Environmental Influences on Personality
Chapter 7: The Evolution of Personality Variation
Chapter 8: Personality Disorders
Chapter 9: Personality and Life Outcomes
Chapter 10: Mental Ability
Chapter 11: Religion and Politics
Chapter 12: Sexuality

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“This engaging state-of-the-art undergraduate textbook is especially recommended to readers of this journal because of its strong research orientation and its high accessibility for students, a combination rarely achieved. Consistency and integration are its strong points, due largely to a single author providing a relaxed (reader friendly) evolutionary approach for each of the 12 chapters along with an eclectic trait theory”
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