This book takes a different approach. An alternative to Ewen's "An Introduction to Theories of Personality," this book features a chapter on each major type of theory followed by a separate chapter reviewing the relevant research, controversies, and emerging findings.
Although it incorporates material from the previous text, there are substantial differences. "Personality: A Topical Approach" devotes more attention to psychological research, and considerably less attention to the more minor and abstruse aspects of various theories. Chapters are devoted to the following theories:
While the book emphasizes major research foci (the Big Five personality factors, self-efficacy, self-esteem, and more), it also includes a chapter on research methods and coverage of issues often omitted from other texts such as dream interpretation, cognitions and the Holocaust, scientific inquiry, and near-death experiences. The book also provides study questions, a help section, and a glossary.