Behaving Badly: Aversive Behaviors in Interpersonal Relationships / Edition 1

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Overview

Most of us spend our lives craving positive, healthy connections with others, but relationships are often the source of many of life's greatest frustrations. Behaving Badly takes a uniquely honest look at the dark side of relating with others. How can the loved one who raises your spirits one day be an insensitive jerk the next? Why is it that the closer people become, the greater the likelihood that they will offend, embarrass, annoy, and hurt one another?

Some of the most commonly experienced aversive phenomenon are explored in this book, including teasing, swearing, gossiping, and betrayal. These aversive behaviors have profound implications for the process of social interaction, and this book fills a gap by gathering the most interesting research on this oft-overlooked area of study. Rich in research and vivid examples, the chapters of this volume explore these behaviors through the eyes of both victims and perpetrators, often revealing the hidden benefits of aversive behavior. Social psychologists, clinicians, therapists, and anyone interested in those aggravating elements of relationships should read this book.

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Reviewer: 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.
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Reviewer: 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.

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781557987167
  • Publisher: American Psychological Association
  • Publication date: 1/28/2001
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 333
  • Product dimensions: 7.34 (w) x 10.33 (h) x 1.14 (d)

Table of Contents

Aversive Interpersonal Behaviors: On Being Annoying, Thoughtless, and Mean
Robin M. Kowalski
Breaches of Propriety
Rowland S. Miller
You***!!! Swearing as an Aversive and a Relational Activity
Alaina M. Winters and Steve Duck
Aversive Self-Presentations
Roos Vonk
The Aversive Interpersonal Context of Depression: Emerging Perspectives on Depressotypic Behavior
Jennifer Katz and Thomas E. Joiner, Jr.
Hurt Feelings: The Neglected Emotion
Mark R. Leary and Carrie A. Springer
Permitted Disrespect: Teasing in Interpersonal Interactions
Robin M. Kowalski, Elsie Howerton, and Michelle McKenzie
Rumor and Gossip in Interpersonal Interaction and Beyond: A social Exchange Perspective
Ralph L. Rosnow
Interpersonal Transgressions and Betrayals
Warren H. Jones, Danny S. Moore, Arianne Schratterr, and
Laura M. Negel
Aversive Behavior and Aggression in Cultural Perspective
James T. Tedeschi and Michael Harris Bond
The Aversive Side of Social Interaction Revisited
Robin M. Kowalski
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