This book investigates whether or not there is a causal link between personality traits and the development of alcohol abuse. Findings suggest that there is such a link: people who are inclined toward sensation-seeking are likely to consume more alcohol, and those who show high levels of psychotic and/or antisocial behavior are more inclined to have alcohol problems. The authors successfully develop and validate a measure of the Addiction-Prone Personality.
People who have higher levels of hostility and anger are at greater risk for heart disease
and atherosclerosis. This is the main pattern of findings from the many investigations
into the relationship between personality and cardiovascular diseases over the past 50–
60 years. However, that general conclusion is not as straightforward as it seems.
To the reader who is tired of so much Erkenntnisstheorie I can only say that I am so myself, but
that it is indispensable, in the actual state of opinions about Sensation, to try to clear up just what
the word means. Locke's pupils seek to do the impossible with sensations, and against them we
must once again insist that sensations 'clustered together' cannot build up our more intellectual
states of mind
There is a whole genre of “celebrity” biography that focuses on the
rich and famous, the influential, or the notorious, and within this
category an entire sub-genre devoted to movie-stars and other Hol-
lywood types. They can range from the sleazy and sensational to the
more complex, hefty literary film studies, or historical biography—
the latter varieties seeking to situate the biographical subjects in the
social, cultural, or literary context of the times in which they lived,
without sparing the gossip.