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This open access textbook was developed as an upper division undergraduate textbook for theories of personality. Its intended audience are students from Portland State University enrolled in Psychology 432 Personality course. The chapters are shorter than some personality textbooks and in this particular course Psy 432 the textbook is combined with other readings including scientific articles on personality. This open access textbook may be of interest to other courses interested in teaching about theory and research on personality.

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Portland State University Library


Personality -- Textbooks, Personality -- Study and teaching (Higher)


© 2020 by Chris Allen

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Features of the book. Each chapter lists learning objectives at the beginning of the chapter and vocabulary to learn at the end of the chapter.

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Publication of this open textbook was made possible by Portland State University Library PDXOpen Publishing Initiative Grant program.

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The Balance of Personality