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Personality Theories: A Global View is organized around three general questions about personality theories: Where did they come from? How did they study facts? How do we apply them now? These three organizing questions provide a consistent focus throughout the book on social context, interdisciplinary science, and applications. Shiraev speaks directly to today's students by emphasizing three key levels of experience: global, local, and individual.

Coverage of classical and contemporary systems of thought is both chronological and comprehensive. Most theories are presented as "products" of their own time shaped by the unique social circumstances surrounding them. At the same time, these theories were making an instant and often lasting impact on other theories developed later, which are traced throughout the book's chapters.


We gratefully acknowledge Eric E. Shiraev for writing an excellent text.