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

Personality: A Systems Approach

by John D. Mayer

Second Edition (Forthcoming Fall, 2017). The 2nd Edition of Personality: A Systems Approach is scheduled by the book’s new publisher, Rowman & Littlefield, to be ready in advance of the fall 2017 semester. Instructors will benefit from a full set of ancillary materials, from a computerized test bank to online lectures. 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 (Currently Available!). Faculty across the country are successfully using Edition 1.8 in their  personality psychology courses.  Edition 1.8 will continue to be the most current edition available through the spring and summer semesters of 2017.

Front-CoverInstructors 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.