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Personality and Psychopathology
Author: Mary B. Ballou

ISBN: 9780898625004
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 16 November 1993
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.9 x 2.2
Description:
This volume, synthesizing over 20 years of feminist thinking, presents original critiques of mainstream psychological theories and lays the groundwork for the development of a context-based, feminist psychological theory. Reappraising personality theories, Part I of the volume examines the limitations that underlie traditional views of human nature as well as the consequences of not taking into account the effects of contextual and structural forces upon human development. The initial chapters utilize feminist analyses of gender, context, and structure to assess the adequacy of the metaphysic in traditional personality theories' assumptions. Following chapters examine the impact and limits of empiricism as the dominant model of knowledge generation within cognitive-behavioral theories; identify Jung's biases, which are integral to his use of rationalism as an epistemic method; and demonstrate the class and culture biases implicit in personality theories. In essence, the limits and dangers of single-use epistemological approaches are illuminated, and fundamental considerations--What is reality and by whom is it defined?--are posed. Part II focuses on traditiona...

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