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Introduction to Personality and Intelligence

Introduction to Personality and Intelligence

  • Nick Haslam - University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

336 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

"There is a wonderful balance and clarity in coverage of complex and contentious issues. Throughout, the tone is amiable…the writing engaging and clear."
--Robbie Sutton, University of Kent, U.K.

Nick Haslam's highly-anticipated new text is a thoroughly engaging introduction to the psychology of personality.

Fully tailored to the British Psychological Society's guidelines regarding the teaching of Individual Differences, Introduction to Personality and Intelligence provides the perfect package for any undergraduate Psychology student taking a course in this fascinating subject.

Key Features:

  • Coverage of all core topics for a personality course
  • A whole section devoted to intelligence
  • Includes mental disorders and cognitive approaches
  • Focuses on major theoretical issues
  • Presents a good range of applied theory chapters
  • Packed with pedagogical features including: key concept boxes and a full glossary, illustrative case studies, and annotated further reading
The author's writing style, use of pedagogy, and incorporation of the latest empirical research findings makes Introduction to Personality and Intelligence an essential textbook for all Psychology students taking a Personality or Individual Differences course.
What Is Personality?
Trait Psychology
Challenges and Alternatives to Trait Psychology
Biological Approaches to Personality
Psychoanalytic Approaches to Personality
Cognitive Approaches to Personality
Personality Change and Development
The Assessment of Personality
Personality and Mental Disorder
Psychobiography and Life Narratives
Intelligence and Cognitive Abilities

'Research on personality and intelligence spans numerous texts. thanks should be extended to Professor Nick Haslam for providing a succinct introductory book on these two topics and for writing in a style that makes these topics accessible...Overall, the book provides an excellent overview of personality research and a compendious coverage of intelligence'
The Psychologist

'I would highly recommend this text for those new to the field hoping to rapidly gain an overview of the issues and debates around personality and intelligence'
Laura Dean
Psychology: Learning & Teaching

Clear textbook that covers core concepts and approaches to personality and intelligence in a lively and engaging manner.

Mrs Lucy Morgan
Psychology Department, Chester University
August 14, 2015

A well-written text that clearly introduces students to individual differences in personality and intelligence. I will be using this for my teaching.

Dr Judith Marshall
Centre for Psychology and Counselling, Swansea Metropolitan University
February 28, 2014

This is a good all-round text at a reasonable price and I will be recommending it as a core text for the next run of the module 2011-12. It covers the main theoretical perspectives to the study of individual differences, which is the approach I prefer, rather than focusing on characters and is a serious read rather than a glossy first year text. Students purchased this text part way into the course this year when the current text, Essential Personality, by Pennington, became unavailable. It is also a newer text than the Pennington and as Intelligence is explored as a theme in the spring term of the module it will be useful throughout the year's course. Nick Haslam is an accessible writer and I like the structure of the chapters with the use of summaries. I like the early emphasis on trait theory as the course here includes the application of psychometrics and this text gives a good grounding in the area. The research illustrations encourage blending theory with applications; I would have liked a little more on behaviourist, humanistic and social cognitive theories of personality but for the price this is a thought-provoking overview which encourages critical thinking.

Dr Jackie Meredith
Department of Psychology, Middlesex University
January 26, 2011

Sample Materials & Chapters

PDF of Chapter One

PDF of Chapter Two

Nick Haslam

Nick Haslam is Professor of Psychology at the University of Melbourne, Australia. He received his PhD in clinical and social psychology from the University of Pennsylvania, and previously taught at the New School for Social Research in New York City. Nick’s research interests include mental health, stigma, and dehumanization and he has published over 250 scholarly articles and book chapters on these and other topics.. In addition to this volume he has published several other books, including Introduction to the Taxometric Method, Values and Vulnerabilities: The Ethics of Research with Refugees and Asylum Seekers and Psychology in the... More About Author

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