Perspectives on personality describes a range of viewpoints that are used by personality psychologists today and helps students understand how these viewpoints can be applied to their own lives. Authors Charles Carver and Michael Schneider dedicate a Chapter to each major perspective, presenting an overview of the perspective orienting assumptions and core themes and concluding with a discussion of problems within that theoretical viewpoint and predictions about its future prospects. The eighth edition incorporates several important recent developments in the field, including genetics and genomic and the biological underpinnings of impulsiveness. Authors Charles Carver and Michael scheier’s informal, conversational style is reader-friendly without sacrificing clarity or accuracy. The authors provide a balanced approach to different perspectives and emphasis diversity among viewpoints, helping students achieve a thorough understanding of personality. The text reflects the rapid advances in work on behavioural genetics, molecular genetics, temperament, neurotransmitters and other biological processes and how they relate to personality. The text covers the “new” behavioural genetics (genes correlating with and interacting with environments) and epigenetic influences on gene expression as well as discussion of future issues (“problems and prospects”) faced by differing viewpoints. The text offers integrated coverage of adult attachment patterns and their implications for personality and social behaviour, a hot topic in the field Table of Contents: 1. What is personality psychology? 2. Methods in the study of personality 3. Issues in personality assessment 4. The trait perspective 5. The motive perspective 6. Genetics, evolution and Personality 7. Biological processes and Personality 8. The psychoanalytic perspective 9. Psychosocial theories 10. The learning perspective 11. Self-actualization and self-determination 12. The cognitive perspective 13. The self-regulation perspective 14. Personality in Perspective: overlap and integration.