Table of Contents

PART I: THE NATURE OF PERSONALITY TRAITS: The trait concept and personality theory.
Persons, situations, and interactionism.
Personality across the life span.
Stable traits and transient states.
Alternatives to the trait theory.
PART II: CAUSES OF PERSONALITY TRAITS: Genes, environments and personality traits.
The psychophysiology of traits.
The social psychology of traits.
Traits and health.
Abnormal personality traits?.
Personality, performance and information processing.
Applications of personality assessment.
Conclusions. This second edition of the bestselling textbook Personality Traits is an essential text for students doing courses in personality psychology and individual differences. The authors have updated the volume throughout, added three new chapters and many additional features designed to make it even more reader friendly.