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Guseltseva M.S. Book review. The Cambridge Handbook of Personality Psychology. Eds. P. Corr & G. Matthews. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2020

Marina S. Guseltseva, Sc.D. (Psychology), Associate professor, Psychological Institute of Russian Academy of Education, Moscow, Russia; bld. 9–4, Mokhovaya str., Moscow, Russia, 125009; Russian State University for the Humanities, Moscow, Russia; bld. 6, Miusskaya Square, Moscow, Russia, 125047; mguseltseva@mail.ru

An overview of the Cambridge Handbook of Personality Psychology is provided, which summarizes cutting-edge research in this area, including new methodologies and technologies, advances in molecular genetics and functional neuroimaging, advances in psychometry and modern statistical approaches, perspectives from social-cognitive psychology and trends that study everyday life of person in the real world. The collection’s authors saw it as their task to provide the reader with the opportunity, on the one hand, to gain a broader view of the richness and diversity of the “psychological landscape”, and on the other hand, to focus more deeply on one or another thematic area. The first part of the Cambridge Handbook discusses the problems of personality integrity and how to study it; the role of the “personality” construct in predicting human behavior. The second part is devoted to the description and measurement of personality in psychology. The third part deals with fundamental questions concerning the formation and development of personality throughout life; individual differences in life strategies and their conditionality by physical or mental health. The fourth part presents the biological perspective of personality analysis, which allows “seeing” the brain through this optics. Individual differences in the processes of excitation and inhibition are manifested in such personality traits as extraversion and neuroticism, and evolutionary genetic mechanisms create variations in traits in different people. The fifth part includes studies of cognitive and motivational processes in the context of personality psychology. The sixth part discusses issues of social functioning, personality and culture, narrative identity, political psychology. The seventh part focuses on the contribution of personality psychology to the fields of clinical, organizational and educational psychology, as well as criminology and the understanding of economic behavior. Almost all articles in the collection carry the idea of the need for interdisciplinary research and integration of different areas of psychological knowledge.

 

Key words: methodology of psychology, personality psychology, personality, trait theory

 

For citation: Guseltseva, M.S. (2022). Book review. The Cambridge Handbook of Personality Psychology. Eds. P. Corr & G. Matthews. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2020. New Psychological Research, No. 4, 215–241. DOI: 10.51217/npsyresearch_2022_02_04_11

keywords: methodology of psychology, personality psychology, personality, trait theory

received 30 December 2022

published 30 December 2022

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