I have an undergraduate degree in psychology and I'm currently pursuing a master's degree in a different field. However, I am still interested in many aspects of psychology, including personality psychology. During my undergrad, I took two courses on personality, one dealing with personality at large, and one dealing with psychopathology. I'm looking for a more advanced book on personality psychology to read over the summer, perhaps a textbook that is read as part of a postgraduate degree in personality psychology. I'm not interested in psychopathology. Any recommendations?
The best place to start is probably THE personality psychologist, Gordon Allport. He wrote several texts that give a good overview of the issues facing the investigation of personality. He gives a fairly critical look at defining and measuring personality. Highly recommended reading if you plan on delving into personality theory.
His books on the topic:
Personality: A psychological interpretation. (1937) New York: Holt, Rinehart, & Winston.
Becoming: Basic Considerations for a Psychology of Personality. (1955). New Haven : Yale University Press.
The Nature of Personality: Selected Papers. (1950; 1975). Westport, CN : Greenwood Press.
The Person in Psychology (1968). Boston: Beacon Press
The Psychologist's Frame of Reference (1940).
Pattern and Growth in Personality. (1961). Harcourt College Pub.
Personality & social encounter. (1960). Boston: Beacon Press.