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  • Hardcover
  • Bookstore's Wholesale Price: $109.00
  • September 2012
  • ISBN: 978-0-393-91311-8
  • Territory Rights: Worldwide

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The Personality Puzzle

Sixth Edition


David C. Funder (Author, University of California, Riverside)


A personality text with personality.

The Personality Puzzle gets students excited about personality psychology, demonstrating that it is relevant to their lives and thus actually fun to explore. Over six editions, author David Funder has established himself as the master of the readable textbook, always conveying the motivations behind psychological inquiry while never skimping on the science.


An expanded illustration and pedagogical program

David Funder brings the same care, thoughtfulness, and creativity to The Personality Puzzle’s art and pedagogical programs as he does to the book’s writing. The sixth edition features 15 percent new data graphics, photos, and other illustrations (including the much-loved New Yorker cartoons) to help students visualize concepts. The Try For Yourself feature has been expanded and updated, and gives students a taste of the real world of personality psychology. Revised and updated Think About It end-of-chapter questions encourage critical thinking and help students retain the material in a thoughtful, clever, and relevant way. 

Up-to-date coverage of traits and behavior

Chapter 7 (Using Personality Traits to Understand Behavior) features a major new section on narcissism, including a Try For Yourself box to find out where you fall on the narcissism scale, along with analysis of new data on the Big Five personality traits.  

Up-to-date coverage of the biological domain

The sixth edition covers significant advances in the biological basis of personality to give students the most accurate and contemporary portrait of the field. New material includes coverage of transcranial direct stimulation (tDCS), coverage of imaging study methodology; and expanded discussion of neurotransmitters, as well as expanded coverage of molecular genetics and “the case of the missing variance,” new coverage of epigenetics; and a new section outlining the basics of genetics and evolution. 

Up-to-date coverage of cross-cultural psychology

Chapter 14 (Cultural Variation in Experience, Behavior, and Personality) now includes coverage of recent work concerning “cities of the heart” versus “cities of the head”; cultures of dignity, honor, and face; and cultural neuroscience.  

Up-to-date coverage of the personality disorders

Chapter 18 (Disorders of Personality) has been rearranged to discuss diagnosis before disorders. It also includes major new coverage of the impending changes in conceptualization and diagnosis of personality disorders in the upcoming DSM-V, as well as new findings on biological underpinnings of borderline personality disorder, the long-term stability of personality disorders, and the association between personality disorders and “normal” personality traits such as the Big Five. 


    1. The Study Of The Person

    Part I Research Methods

    2. Clues to Personality: The Basic Sources Of Data
    3. Personality Psychology as Science: Research Methods

    Part II How People Differ: The Trait Approach

    4. Personality Traits, Situations, and Behavior
    5. Personality Assessment I: Personality Testing and Its Consequences
    6. Personality Assessment II: Personality Judgment in Daily Life
    7. Using Personality Traits to Understand Behavior

    Part III The Mind and the Body: Biological Approaches to Personality

    8. The Anatomy and Physiology of Personality
    9. The Inheritance of Personality: Behavioral Genetics and Evolutionary Theory

    Part IV The Hidden World of the Mind: The Psychoanalytic Approach

    10. Basics of Psychoanalysis
    11. The Workings of the Unconscious Mind: Defenses and Slips
    12. Psychoanalysis After Freud: Neo-Freudians, Object Relations, and Current Research

    Part V Experience and Awareness: Humanistic and Cross-Cultural Psychology

    13. Experience, Existence, and the Meaning of Life: Humanistic and Positive Psychology
    14. Cultural Variation in Experience, Behavior, and Personality

    Part VI What Personality Does: Learning, Thinking, Feeling, and Knowing

    15. Learning to Be a Person: Behaviorism and Social Learning Theories
    16. Personality Processes: Perception, Thought, Motivation, and Emotion
    17. What You Know About You: The Self (New Chapter)
    18. Disorders of Personality (New Chapter)
    19. Conclusion: Looking Back and Looking Ahead