By Randy J. Larsen, David M. Buss

Larsen and Buss's character Psychology relies on a framework of six very important domain names of data approximately character functioning. those six domain names are the dispositional area (traits, trait taxonomies, and character inclinations over time), the organic area (physiology, genetics, evolution), the intrapsychic area (psychodynamics, motives), the cognitive/experiential area (cognition, emotion, and the self), the social and cultural area (social interplay, gender, and culture), and the adjustment area (stress, coping, well-being, and character disorders). This publication is predicated at the proposal that those domain names of information signify the organizing constitution of up to date character psychology.

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There may be some occasions when this generalization about the consistency of personality from situation to situation does not hold. Some situations may be overpowering and suppress the expression of psychological traits. Persons who are generally talkative, for example, may remain quiet during a lecture, at the movies, or in an elevator—although you undoubtedly have experienced someone who could not or would not keep quiet in any of these circumstances! The debate about whether people are consistent across situations in their lives has a long history in personality psychology .

2. Like some others (the level of individual and group dif ferences). 3. Like no others (the individual uniqueness level). 1). Human Nature The first level of personality analysis describes human nature in general—the traits and mechanisms of personality that are typical of our species and are possessed by everyone or nearly everyone. For example, nearly every human has language skills, which allow him or her to learn and use a language. All cultures on earth speak a language, so spoken language is part of the universal human nature.

Chapter 19 is devoted to the personality disorders, such as narcissistic personality disorder , antisocial personality disPersonality relates to health by influencing health-related order, and avoidant personality disorder . An behaviors, such as smoking. understanding of “normal” personality functioning 19 Lar31901_ch01_002-023 09/07/2006 09:56 AM Page 20 CONFIRMING PAGES Introduction 20 can be deepened by examining the disorders of personality , much as in the field o medicine, in which an understanding of normal physiological functioning is often illuminated by the study of disease.

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