Overview of the Personality Textbook

Personality: A Systems Approach by John D. Mayer

The book, Personality: A Systems Approach, is a textbook for the course in personality psychology. On this site you can:

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). Journal articles describing the framework also have appeared in the American Psychologist (2005), Psychological Inquiry (1997), the Journal of Personality (1995, 1996), Social and Personality Psychology Compass (2011). An additional invited article is under review.

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