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The art and science of personality development

Author: Dan P McAdams
Publisher: New York : The Guilford Press, [2015]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Integrating state-of-the-art personality and developmental research, this book presents a new and broadly integrative theory of how people come to be who they are over the life course. Preeminent researcher Dan P. McAdams traces the development of three distinct layers of personality--the social actor who expresses emotional and behavioral traits, the motivated agent who pursues goals and values, and the
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Dan P McAdams
ISBN: 9781462519958 1462519954 9781462529322 1462529321
OCLC Number: 889168889
Description: xiv, 368 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Part I. Becoming an actor : In the beginning : The evolution of big brains and human sociality ; It's all about the group ; Exhibit A for a eusocial species: Charles Darwin, himself ; Getting along and getting ahead --
The actor enters the stage: how we perform emotion : Acting, emotion, and the self ; Performing positive emotion: the development of extraversion ; The life and career of an extreme extravert ; Negative emotion and neuroticism --
The problem of self-regulation : Actors observing actors ; Early emotion regulation ; Effortful control and the development of conscience ; Conscientiousness and agreeableness ; When regulation fails: aggression and the development of antisocial behavior --
The actor grows up: how traits develop into adulthood : The big five ; Rank-order stability: the remarkable continuity of individual differences ; The conspiracy of genes and environments ; What can parents do? ; Portraits of maturation ; Developmental trends in big five traits --
Part II. Becoming an agent : The age 5-7 shift : Agency and personality ; A portrait for the agent as a young child ; Becoming good: cognitive development in grade school ; Self-esteem ; Narcissism: a problem of unmitigated agency --
The motivational agenda: what agents want : Self-determination theory and the need for autonomy ; Competence: on getting ahead in social groups: motives for achievement and power ; Achievement goals in the life of Hillary Rodham Clinton ; Relatedness: on getting along in social groups: motives for affiliation and intimacy ; Promotion versus prevention ; Pursuing goals across the life course: the development of motivational agendas ; Motivation and culture --
How values shape agency: morality, religion, and politics : Morality and personality: what is good? ; Religion and personality: what is God? ; Politics and personality: how should society work? ; Over the course of life --
Part III. Becoming an author : The stories we live by : Storytelling ; Children's stories ; Becoming the author: the emergence of narrative identity ; In search of self: the case of Barack Obama ; What life stories look like, and how they relate to other features of personality --
Generative lives, redemptive life stories : Generativity and the challenges of midlife ; How highly generative adults narrate their lives ; Trouble ; Culture ; Life stories over the life course --
The sense of an ending : Final chapters ; The life course in full: milestones in personality development ; Age 2: recognize me ; From late childhood to adolescence ; Emerging adulthood ; Midlife tipping points ; Old age.
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"Integrating state-of-the-art personality and developmental research, this book presents a new and broadly integrative theory of how people come to be who they are over the life course. Preeminent researcher Dan P. McAdams traces the development of three distinct layers of personality--the social actor who expresses emotional and behavioral traits, the motivated agent who pursues goals and values, and the autobiographical author who constructs a personal story for life. Highly readable and accessible to scholars and students at all levels, the book uses rich portraits of the lives of famous people to illustrate theoretical concepts and empirical findings"--

"This book is for anybody who has ever asked psychological questions like these: Who am I? How did I become the person I am today? My goal in this book is to tell a compelling story about personality development as it plays out in individual human lives across the human life course. It is a story that recognizes the artistry of individual lives while examining what contemporary science has to tell us about how human lives are psychologically patterned and how these patterns develop over time. I draw upon many of the most illuminating studies and intriguing ideas in psychological science today to describe and explain the development of human personality over the life course. Reflecting the three central metaphors in my theory of personality development, the book is divided into three parts - Becoming the Social Actor, Becoming the Motivated Agent, and Becoming the Autobiographical Author. In the three sections, I move back and forth across the life span to sketch out a full psychological portrait of human personality and trace its development from birth through old age"--

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