Blackwell Handbook of Social Psychology: Interpersonal Processes / Edition 1

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This authoritative handbook provides a cutting-edge overview of classic and current research as well as an assessment of future trends in the field of interpersonal processes.

  • Ensures thorough and up-to-date coverage of all aspects of interpersonal processes
  • Includes contributions by academics and other experts from around the world to ensure a truly international perspective
  • Provides a comprehensive overview of classic and current research and likely future trends
  • Fully referenced chapters and annotated bibliographies allow easy access to further study

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Editorial Reviews

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"Providing lively, state-of-the-art coverage about the vibrant interpersonal core of social psychology, this outstanding collection of original chapters puts the ‘social' front and center in social psychology. Written by an all-star lineup of contributors, it is essential reading for social psychologists. Each chapter provides a scholarly overview of a cutting-edge research program and should enlighten readers for years to come. This superb volume is chock-full of thought-provoking discussion and stimulating ideas." Professor Harry Reis, University of Rochester
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Meet the Author

Garth J. O. Fletcher is a Reader in the Psychology Department at the University of Canterbury. He is a leading researcher in the study of social cognition in intimate relationships.

Margaret S. Clark is Professor of Social Psychology at Carnegie Mellon University. She has written extensively on emotion and social behavior including Affect and Cognition (1982) and Emotion and Social Behaviour (1992).

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Table of Contents

Series Editor's Foreword.


Part I: Cognition/Attribution.

1. Attributions in Close Relationships: From Balkanization to Integration. (Frank D. Fincham).

2. Cognition and the Development of Close Relationships. (Benjamin R. Karney, James K. McNulty, and Thomas N. Bradbury).

3. Cognitive Representations of Attachment: The Content and Function of Working Models. (Nancy L. Collins and Lisa M. Allard).

4. The Structure and Function of Ideal Standards in Close Relationships. (Jeffry A. Simpson, Garth J.O. Fletcher, and Lorne Campbell).

5. Seeking a Sense of Conviction: Motivated Cognition in Close Relationships. (Sandra L. Murray).

Part II: Social Motivation.

6. Integrating Social Psychological Research on Aggression within an Evolutionary-based Framework. (Neil M. Malamuth and Tamara Addison).

7. Helping and Altruism. (John F. Dovidio and Louis A. Penner).

8. The Death and Rebirth of the Social Psychology of Negotiation. (Max H. Bazerman, Jared R. Curhan, and Don A. Moore).

9. Motivational Aspects of Empathic Accuracy. (William Ickes and Jeffry A. Simpson).

Part III: Affect/Emotion.

10. Understanding People's Perceptions of Relationships is Crucial to Understanding their Emotional Lives. (Margaret S. Clark, Julie Fitness, and Ian Brissette).

11. Emotional Intelligence: Conceptualization and Measurement. (Peter Salovey, Alison Woolery, and John D. Mayer).

12. Emotional Experience in Close Relationships. (Ellen Berscheid and Hilary Ammazzalorso).

13. The Status of Theory and Research on Love and Commitment. (Beverly Fehr).

Part IV: Social Influence and Comparison.

14. Interdependence in Close Relationships. (Caryl E. Rusbult, Ximena B. Arriaga, and Christopher R. Agnew).

15. Social Comparison and Close Relationships. (Bram P. Buunk and Frans L. Oldersma).

Part V: Self and Identity.

16. An Evolutionary-Pyschological Approach to Self-esteem: Multiple Domains and Multiple Functions. (Lee A. Kirkpatrick and Bruce J. Ellis).

17. Is Loving the Self Necessary for Loving Another? An Examination of Identity and Intimacy. (W. Keith Campbell and Roy F. Baumeister).

18. The Self We Know and the Self We Show: Self-esteem, Self Presentation, and the Maintenance of Interpersonal Relationships. (Mark R. Leary).

19. Self-expansion Model of Motivation and Cognition in Close Relationships and Beyond. (Arthur Aron, Elaine N. Aron, and Christina Norman).

Part VI: Methods.

20. A Statistical Framework for Modeling Homogeneity and Interdependence in Groups. (Richard Gonzalez and Dale Griffin).

Part VII: Applications.

21. Attachment Style and Affect Regulation: Implications for Coping with Stress and Mental Health. (Mario Mikulincer and Victor Florian).

22. Marital Therapy and Social Psychology: Will We Choose Explicit Partnership or Cryptomnesia? (Steven R. H. Beach and Frank D. Fincham).

Subject Index.

Author Index.

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