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By Randy J. Larsen, David M. Buss

Larsen and Buss's character Psychology is predicated on a framework of six vital domain names of data approximately character functioning. those six domain names are the dispositional area (traits, trait taxonomies, and character inclinations over time), the organic area (physiology, genetics, evolution), the intrapsychic area (psychodynamics, motives), the cognitive/experiential area (cognition, emotion, and the self), the social and cultural area (social interplay, gender, and culture), and the adjustment area (stress, coping, health and wellbeing, and character disorders). This booklet relies at the thought that those domain names of data signify the organizing constitution of up to date character psychology.

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The ways in which we attempt to manipulate the behavior , thoughts, and feelings of others are essential features of our personalities. All of these forms of interaction— perceptions, selections, evocations, and manipulations—are central to understanding the connections between the personalities of people and the nature of the environments they inhabit. 9 Lar31901_ch01_002-023 09/07/2006 09:56 AM Page 10 CONFIRMING PAGES Introduction 10 And Adaptations to . . An emphasis on adaptation conveys the notion that a central feature of personality concerns adaptive functioning—accomplishing goals, coping, adjusting, and dealing with the challenges and problems we face as we go through life.

In addition to health, many of the important problems in coping and adjustment can be traced to personality. In this domain, certain personality features are related to poor adjustment and have been designated as personality disorders. Chapter 19 is devoted to the personality disorders, such as narcissistic personality disorder , antisocial personality disPersonality relates to health by influencing health-related order, and avoidant personality disorder . An behaviors, such as smoking. understanding of “normal” personality functioning 19 Lar31901_ch01_002-023 09/07/2006 09:56 AM Page 20 CONFIRMING PAGES Introduction 20 can be deepened by examining the disorders of personality , much as in the field o medicine, in which an understanding of normal physiological functioning is often illuminated by the study of disease.

Each of these domains of personality (intrapsychic, cultural, biological) has accumulated its own base of knowledge. Nonetheless, it is still desirable at some point to integrate these diverse domains to see how they all fit togethe . The whole personality , like the whole elephant, is the sum of the various parts and the connections among them. For personality , each part is a domain of knowledge, representing a collection of knowledge about certain aspects of personality. How are the domains of knowledge defined?

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