Unconnected Varieties of Personality Theories

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1979, Vol 24(5), 407–408. Reviews the books, Personality: Strategies and Issues. 3rd ed by Robert M. Liebert and Michael D. Spiegler (1978) and Personality: Readings in Theory and Research, 3rd ed edited by Eugene A. Southwell and Michael Merbaum (1978). Liebert and Spiegler have offered a book for those opting to employ a textbook; the editors of the book of readings on personality, however, offer their volume in more than one role. Two other features of this textbook make it especially noteworthy. The first is the evenhanded treatment that characterizes the presentation of the materials. The second is the collection of demonstrations available to the student as boxed material in many of the chapters. The student reading Southwell and Merbaum's compilation of readings will not find his or her expectation met regarding the diversity of positions. This comment reflects not on the presentation of the materials nor on the editor's introductory statements, but rather on the field as a whole. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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