A contemporary textbook for today’s undergraduate course in personality psychology

Personality: A Systems Approach

by John D. Mayer

The Second Edition Is Now Available! The 2nd Edition of Personality: A Systems Approach became available on July 24th, 2017 from the book’s publisher, Rowman & Littlefield. Instructors will benefit from a newly-updated and well-edited textbook and a full set of ancillary materials. There book is accompanied by an updated and computerized test bank, an online website, and online lectures.

Please see the publisher’s webpage for the book and request an examination copy here. You can also find further details about the new edition on the present website here.

Personality: A Systems Approach is a contemporary textbook suitable for undergraduate courses in personality psychology. The textbook is based on the personality systems framework, an outline that organizes today’s information about personality psychology into four areas:

  1. Defining and locating personality
  2. Personality’s parts
  3. Personality’s organization, and
  4. Personality development

The personality systems framework has been featured in a number of journal articles, most recently in the Review of General Psychology (2013) and the Journal of Research in Personality (2015).

Edition 1.8 (Still available as of Summer, 2017, but check for the more recent edition, above). Faculty across the country have been successfully using Edition 1.8 in theirĀ  personality psychology courses.


Please note: Edition 1.5 has now been retired from publication.

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You can also find information aboutĀ The Elements of Mental Tests (2nd Edition), published by Momentum Press in 2016 by visiting this page.