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The Personality Puzzle (Sixth Edition) Hardcover – September 13, 2012

ISBN-13: 978-0393913118 ISBN-10: 0393913112 Edition: Sixth Edition

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  • Hardcover: 699 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; Sixth Edition edition (September 13, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393913112
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393913118
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 0.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #616,526 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

David C. Funder is Distinguished Professor of Psychology and former chair of the department at the University of California, Riverside. Winner of the 2009 Jack Block Award for Distinguished Research in Personality, he is a former editor of the Journal of Research in Personality, a past president of the Association for Research in Personality, and the president of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (2013). He is best known for his research on personality judgment and has also published research on delay of gratification, attribution theory, the longitudinal course of personality development, and the psychological assessment of situations. He has taught personality psychology to undergraduates at Harvey Mudd College, Harvard University, and the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and continues to teach the course every year at the University of California, Riverside.

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You also don't get as much useful information as you would if you did research in the other areas of psychology.
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Not worth the time, if you have a choice don't buy this.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Shannon Leigh on January 13, 2013
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Product is great introduction of personality psychology and how it is measured. I won't be selling this one back. Written using vernacular that is easy to understand whether you have a background in psychology or not.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By C. Allen on February 27, 2013
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Used this for a large personality class in Winter 2013. I think the book is as good or better than anything else out there. I searched for a good text for my upper division university students, and chose this one rather than the one I used last year that studied theorists and their stories. I decided it is best to use an overview book because personality is getting so complex, it is perhaps the most complex topic in psychology. I also teach abnormal psychology and find the personality course more complex, because abnormal psych can rely on the DSM-IV as a teaching paradigm. There is not central paradigm for teaching personality, so it's a complex topic. The author takes so many different views on each topic that it can be challenging reading. Yet that is the gift he gives in this book -- that he is ethical and fair. He doesn't state opinions that are not true, not even half-truths. He gives as many possible views on personality as possible and does not get on the psychological/empirical high-horse and pretend personality research is clear. For example in the chapter on culture and personality, he doesn't claim that culture determines personality in any specific ways, which would be tempting to do if an author was in to oversimplification. Rather, he shows how it's complex and that is the beauty of personality. This is advanced scholarly learning--to hold back and not get to the point in a simplistic way, because getting to the point would be inaccurate. As a teacher I balanced the text with lecture information that included some fun and solid "points" and take-away learning, so the students had something solid to hang on to. In that way I think the students had a balanced class experience, and the reviews were good.Read more ›
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sophia McLeod on August 31, 2013
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I was just checking for used books at my university bookstore, and it would have cost me more to get it used there, than it did to get it new from Amazon. The product shipped on time and I was very pleased to have gotten it before school started. I also enjoyed the bubble wrap!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Zoe Williams on February 18, 2014
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I used this book for a college course on personality, and didn't get anything from it. It's very long and winding, and there is little to no justification for points made. I didn't feel like I could trust the author to deal with topics evenhandedly, after seeing in several points that he had left out key sides to a debate and presented one (often not even the predominant one) as wholly correct - I would have just assumed this as trustworthy if I hadn't had previous background on these topics, and wonder what he did to the presentation of others I hadn't encountered before.

Not worth the time, if you have a choice don't buy this. If you do, make sure you read something else on the topics presented or you could end up with a very warped view. There are lots of great textbooks that delve into similar issues and do so much more concisely and robustly.
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For a textbook, it is interesting and easy to read. I like his writing style. You never know with textbooks - fortunately, I don't mind reading this at all.
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By Emily W. on May 17, 2014
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I ordered this book as a requirement for a college class. I'm not a psych major, but the book was easy to understand and read. Dr. Funder makes a lot of lame dad-type jokes in the footnotes, but it's overall quite good; very easy to learn from!
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Required this textbook for a Theories of Personality course. Only into the second chapter and it is not only informative and thorough, but is easy to read. Funder has a great way of getting the information out there and keeping you intrigued to learn more.
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The text book was delivered in great condition, in the designated time frame, and has been an interesting read in the the class that I am currently taking.
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