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The Personality Puzzle (Sixth Edition) 6th Edition

3.6 out of 5 stars 42 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0393124415
ISBN-10: 039312441X
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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, and a past president of the Association for Research in Personality as well as the Society for Personality and Social Psychology. 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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 699 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 6 edition (September 17, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 039312441X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393124415
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 1.2 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #104,145 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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I had to buy this for my online Personality Psychology and I found this book to be very enjoyable. The chapters are long and it does have a lot of examples with additions of the author's experiences/opinions. Sometimes it could be summarized better but the end of the chapter summaries do a good job without losing too much. I feel I am learning a lot from this book and am doing very well in the class so I would say the book is pretty good. Its not boring or dry but If you dislike a relaxed feel you might not like this book because the author does talk to you a bit.
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I don't know if useless is the right word. I really dislike this book for the following reasons: 1. It goes on and on and on without any real point. Well, by the time I've forced my way through it, I've lost the point somewhere. A sentence or two could sum up pages out of this book. 2. I dislike when an author adds his/her opinion in a textbook. It seems to be poor form. I want known facts. (obviously there are some exceptions) 3. The heading and subheadings don't make any sense. There are three different styles used and I haven't figured out how they help organize the material. Perhaps because the material rambles on semi-pointlessly. 4. This is a required read for my psychology of personality class, and I don't know any more about the subject than when I started the class. I'm very disappointed because I thought this class would be interesting.

As another reviewer said, It's the book you hate having to read. I said I dislike this book, actually I think I hate it.
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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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I don't recommend this book. this is unlike other personality psychology books. it makes me feel studying other subject (research methodology, for instance)
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Just received this book (renting) for the semester and the book is falling apart. There are a few pages that are barely hanging on, with one page already unattached. Very disappointed with this.
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I received the books with loose pages. The pages are falling out when I pick up the book and I want to verify this will not be charged to me as I just got the book and it came with loose pages!
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