Understanding People

  • Authors
  • TrevorĀ Butt

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. From Personality to Social Psychology

  3. An Existential Phenomenological Approach

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 81-81
    2. Trevor Butt
      Pages 83-107
    3. Trevor Butt
      Pages 108-124
    4. Trevor Butt
      Pages 125-139
    5. Trevor Butt
      Pages 140-158
    6. Trevor Butt
      Pages 159-177
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 178-193

About this book


Understanding People provides an overview and critique of current psychological assumptions about people and what differentiates them, and replaces them with a set of ideas taken from social constructionism. It begins with an examination of contemporary theories, then explores the critique of the social constructionists, before laying out the basis of an understanding of human action and behaviour, drawing on phenomenology and personal construct theory. Using everyday experience to illustrate the issues in personality theory (Is behaviour situation-specific? Why do we have a sense of self? Is there an unconscious?), this book will breathe life into an area of psychology that is so often arid, and, in the eyes of students, divorced from their world.


behavior Nation personality psychology social psychology

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