We have devoted our lives to the study of personality and believe this field is one of the most excitinf in all of psychology. Thus we were enormously gratified to see the volume of e-mails, letters, and comments from satisfied consumers of our first second, third, and fourth editions. At the same time, preparing the fifth edition proved to be a humbling experience. The cascade of exciting publications in the field of personality is formidable, requiring not merely updating but also the addition of major sections of new material. Moreover, in important ways our first edition proved prescient. Rather than organize our text around the traditional grand theories of Personality, we devised a framework of six important domains of knowledge about Personality func-tioning. These six domains are the dispositional domain (traits, trait taxonomies, and personality dispositions over time), the biological domain (physiology, genetics, evolu-tion), the intrapsychic domain (psychodynamics, motives), the cognitive-experiential domain (cognition, emotion, and the self), the social and cultural domain (social interaction, gender, and culture), and the adjustment domain (stress, copingm health, and Personality disorders).
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1. Introduction to Personality Psychology.
2. Personality Assessment, Measurement, and Research Design.
Part 1. The Dispositional Domain.
3. Traits and Trait Taxonomies.
4. Theoretical and Measurement Issues in Trait Psychology.
5. Personality Dispositions over Time: Stability, Coherence and Change.
Part 2. The Biological Domain.
6. Genetics of Personality.
7. Physiological Approaches to Personality.
8. Evolutionary Perspectives on Personality.
Part 3. The Intrapsychic Domain.
9. Psychoanalytic Approaches to Personality.
10. Psychoanalytic Approaches: Contemporary Issues.
11. Motives and Personality.
Part 4. The Cognitive/Experiential Domain.
12. Cognitive Topics in Personality.
13. Emotion and Personality.
14. Approaches to the Self.
Part 5. The Social and Cultural Domain.
15. Personality and Social Interaction.
16. Sex, Gender, and Personality.
17. Culture and Personality.
Part 6. The Adjustment Domain.
18. Stress, Coping, Adjustment, and Health.
19. Disorders of Personality.
20. Summary and Future Directions.