Overview of the Personality Textbook

Personality: A Systems Approach by John D. Mayer

Front-CoverEdition 1.8 is now available! Publication date: August 6th, 2015.

The 2nd Edition is scheduled for early 2017 by the book’s new publisher, Rowman & Littlefield. See details 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, including in the Review of General Psychology (2013) and the Journal of Research in Personality (2015).

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

Instructors are invited to request an examination copy of Edition 1.8 (2015) by using the request form here.

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