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In this book Frank Dumont presents personality psychology with a fresh description of its current status as well as its prospects. Play, sex, cuisine, creativity, altruism, pets, grieving rituals, and other oft-neglected topics broaden the scope of this fascinating study. This tract is imbued with historical perspectives that reveal the continuity in the evolving science and research of this discipline over the past century. The author places classic schemas and constructs, as well as current principles, in the context of their socio-political catalysts. He further relates this study of the person to life-span developmental issues and to cultural, gender-specific, trait-based, genetic/epigenetic, and evolutionary research findings. Personality psychology has recently reconciled itself to more modest paradigms for describing, explaining, and predicting human behaviour than it generated in the 19th and 20th centuries. This book documents that transformation, providing valuable information for health-service professionals as well as to teachers, researchers, and scientists.
Frank Dumont (retired) was Full Professor in the Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology and Director of the PhD program in his field at McGill University. He was the co-editor of Six Therapists and One Client (2000) and a co-editor of Corsini's The Dictionary of Psychology (1999). He gratefully acknowledges that much of this book on personality psychology was researched and drafted while he was Visiting Fellow at Wolfson College, Cambridge University (2005-2006).