Book Details

  • Ebook
  • Bookstore's Wholesale Price: $55.00
  • August 2015
  • ISBN: 978-0-393-27103-4
  • 832 pages
  • License Term (days): 180
  • Territory Rights: Worldwide

The Personality Puzzle

Seventh Edition

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


A personality text with personality.

The Personality Puzzle continues to lead the market by captivating students with David Funder’s fresh, masterful writing. New material on important research areas such as development and health, streamlined presentation of methods and assessment, and added data graphics presented in a stunning new full-color design make the Seventh Edition an even richer teaching tool.


Expanded and updated coverage of personality development

The Personality Puzzle features a brand new chapter that consolidates the latest research about how we become who we are. Topics addressed in Chapter 7 include the childhood roots of adult personality, personality change over the lifespan, transactions between personality and the environment, and the potential for personality change.  

Updated coverage of physical and mental health

The Seventh Edition thoroughly explores the relationship between personality and mental as well as physical health. Funder updates the coverage of personality disorders in Chapter 17, including the new “dimensional” organization of disorders introduced in the DSM-5. The chapter also covers research on the relations between personality and health, summarizes the interesting history of the outdated theory that Type A personalities are prone to heart disease, and presents exciting contemporary research on the associations between personality traits, physical well-being, and longevity.  

Integrated treatment of research methods and personality assessment

The text’s introduction to research methods and basic concepts—including reliability, validity, and generalizability—are now seamlessly integrated with the fundamentals of personality testing, illuminating how basic methodological concepts are applied in personality assessment. The Seventh Edition offers one chapter on research methods (Chapter 2) and one chapter on personality assessment (Chapter 3)—previous editions mixed this material across three chapters—to make the information easier to teach and learn.  

Expanded data graphics in a new, full-color design

A bold new art program includes added data graphics and a beautiful full-color design. These additional, colorful graphics offer visual learners more opportunities to engage with the data, making the text more useful to instructors and approachable to students than ever before.  

    Chapter 1: The Study of the Person

    Part I: The Science of Personality: Methods and Assessment
    Chapter 2: Personality Research Methods
    Chapter 3: Assessment, Effect Size, and Ethics

    Part II: How People Differ: The Trait Approach
    Chapter 4: Personality Traits, Situations, and Behavior
    Chapter 5: Personality Judgment
    Chapter 6: Using Personality Traits to Understand Behavior
    Chapter 7: Personality Stability, Development, and Change

    Part III: The Mind and the Body: Biological Approaches to Personality
    Chapter 8: The Anatomy and Physiology of Personality
    Chapter 9: The Inheritance of Personality: Behavioral Genetics and Evolutionary Psychology

    Part IV: The Hidden World of the Mind: The Psychoanalytic Approach
    Chapter 10: Basics of Psychoanalysis
    Chapter 11: Psychoanalysis After Freud: Neo-Freudians, Object Relations, and Current Research

    Part V: Experience and Awareness: Humanistic and Cross-Cultural Psychology
    Chapter 12: Experience, Existence, and the Meaning of Life: Humanistic and Positive Psychology
    Chapter 13: Cultural Variation in Experience, Behavior, and Personality

    Part VI: What Personality Does: Learning, Thinking, Feeling, and Knowing
    Chapter 14: Learning to Be a Person: Behaviorism and the Social Learning Theories
    Chapter 15: Personality Processes: Perception, Thought, Motivation, and Emotion
    Chapter 16: The Self: What You Know About You
    Chapter 17: Personality, Mental Health, and Physical Health