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Personality Psychology: Domains of Knowledge About Human Nature

7th Edition

By: Randy Larsen , David Buss

© 2021

Published: September 21, 2020

Personality psychology is a field that is devoted to the study of all that it means to be human, and with Personality psychology is a field that is devoted to the study of all that it means to be human, and with Personality Psychology 7e, Larsen and Buss capture the excitement of what the science of personality is all about. This text is unique from other personality texts in two significant ways. First, rather than arranging their text around the traditional grand theories of personality, Larsen and Buss have instead used a framework of six important domains of knowledge about personality functioning: the dispositional domain, the biological domain, the intrapsychic domain, the cognitive-experiential domain, the societal and cultural domain, and the adjustment domain. Progress in the field of personality psychology in the last 20 years has continued to reinforce the fact that these domains of knowledge best represent the state of affairs in personality psychology. In addition to the major organizing themes (the six domains), Personality Psychology 7e also differs from other personality texts in the importance placed on culture, gender, and biology, areas of personality that have shown substantial growth in recent years.