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From The CriticsReviewer: Nada Mlinarevich, BSN (Chicago Center for Clinical Research)
Description: This book provides a thorough analysis of various aversive behaviors in interpersonal relationships. Descriptions are given of what causes the aversive behavior and what the consequences are to both the one who engages in the behavior and the one who is the recipient of the behvavior.
Purpose: The purpose is to examine both the negative and positive characteristics and motives of these aversive behaviors and relational transgressions, as research to date has shown that negative interpersonal interactions exert a disproportionate influence on mental health and overall well-being when compared to positive social interactions. Hence, the editor attempts, with bleak success, to add a positive flare to aversive behavior.
Audience: Given that the darker side of interpersonal relationships can affect interactions in any setting such as work, home, and school, anyone interested in relationships, social psychology, or clinical-counseling psychology will find this book useful. However, only those with expertise in the area will find it easy to read. This book is probably best suited for social psychology graduate students. The author is a PhD prepared social psychologist who teaches psychology.
Features: The book is broken down into four easy to follow sections, starting with an introductory section and ending with a conclusion. In these sections are specifics detailing the various aversive behaviors. The behaviors are highlighted and easy to find. The author also employs various headings and subheadings to give the book structure and each major topic ends with a summary. Also, the book includes three or four tables that help to explain various points being made. Despite these attempts, the book is still, however, somewhat difficult to follow and a bit dry. The addition of some longer anecdotes and/or color pictures and tables could possibly help keep the reader's interest.
Assessment: This book lacks the spice and variety of most psychology books. However, it is still quite useful for those wishing to specialize in aversive human behavior in personal relationships. Also, it is unique in that it teaches us the non-negative aspects of aversive behavior.