An Atlas of Interpersonal Situations / Edition 1

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The Atlas of Interpersonal Situations provides a systematic theoretical account for understanding the impact of situations on patterns of social interaction. Structured around descriptions of twenty-one of the most common situations that people encounter daily, this study presents the tools needed to understand how those situations influence interpersonal behavior. These descriptions are freestanding; each providing analysis, research examples, and everyday descriptions of the prototypical situation. The authors build upon interdependence theory, which stresses the manner in which outcomes are determined by the structure of interpersonal interaction. This analysis makes clear exactly what is "social" about "social psychology."

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"...interesting application of interdependence theory which opens some surprising perspectives on personal interdependence." Daniel Friedrich, University of Hamburg, The Journal of Mind and Behavior

"The authors advance knowledge about interdependence among people, continuing a discussion that originated with Kurt Lewin.... Recommended." Choice

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521011808
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 2/1/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 520
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 1.14 (d)

Table of Contents

Pt. 1 Introduction and Theory
1 Interpersonal Situations: The Context of Social Behavior 3
2 Outcome Interdependence 17
3 Interaction Conditions and Person Factors 51
4 Exploring the Geography of the Outcome Patterns 82
Pt. 2 The Situations
Introduction to the Entries for the Situations 113
Single-Component Patterns
Entry 1 Independence: We Go Our Separate Ways 129
Entry 2 Mutual Partner Control: I Scratch Your Back, You Scratch Mine 142
Entry 3 Corresponding Mutual Joint Control: Getting in Sync 150
Entry 4 Conflicting Mutual Joint Control: Match or Mismatch 162
Two- and Three-Component Patterns
Entry 5 The Prisoner's Dilemma: Me versus We 177
Entry 6 Threat: Trading Loyalty for Justice 192
Entry 7 Chicken: Death before Dishonor 203
Entry 8 Hero: Let's Do It Your Way 216
Entry 9 Conjunctive Problems: Together We Can Do It 228
Entry 10 Disjunctive Problems: Either of Us Can Do It 239
Entry 11 Asymmetric Dependence: You're the Boss 249
Time-Extended Patterns
Entry 12 Iterated Prisoner's Dilemma: United We Stand, Divided We Fall 271
Entry 13 Investment: Building for the Future 285
Entry 14 Delay of Gratification: Resisting Temptation 304
Incomplete Information Situations
Entry 15 Negotiation: Can We Agree on a Deal? 325
Entry 16 Encounters with Strangers: Lack of Information about a Partner 338
Entry 17 Joint Decisions under Uncertainty: Bird in the Hand 353
Entry 18 Twists of Fate: Coping with an Uncertain Future 370
N-Person Situations
Entry 19 Third Parties: Effects of an Outsider 393
Entry 20 N-Person Prisoner's Dilemma: Tragedy of the Commons 415
Movement from One Situation to Another
Entry 21 Movement among Situations: Where Do We Go from Here? 431
Pt. 3 Epilogue 449
References 461
Author Index 491
Subject Index 497
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