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Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, March 1998
Social Cognitive Psychology is the first text to provide comprehensive coverage of the field, including thorough discussions of its historical foundations cross-referenced with significant recent developments. Highlights include ;the discipline's origins in pragmatic philosophy and the need for a second social psychology; the contributions of cognition, affect, and direct perception to social knowing, and the development of positive and negative self theories in social context. This valuable reference contains comprehensive chapter summaries, lists of key terms and concepts, and graphs of processing models from various theories.
Topics incl. the conception of a pragmatic social cognitive psychology, the social Gestalt & social learning traditions.
I. Historical Foundations.- 1 The Conception of a Pragmatic Social Cognitive Psychology.- Linking Science to Practice.- Early Social Cognitive Psychology: Dewey, Baldwin, and Mead.- New Traditions Emerge.- 2 The Social Gestalt and Social Learning Traditions.- Extending Perceptual Gestalt Psychology to Social Living.- Learning: From Animal Lab to Home and Clinic.- 3 The Constructivist Tradition.- Kelly’s Personal Constructs.- Constructing Symbolic Versions of Reality.- Constructing Lives.- 4 The Information-Processing Tradition.- Artificial and Pragmatic Intelligence.- The Intelligent Interlocutor’s Tool Kit.- Reflexivity, Metacognition, and Bounded Self-Understanding.- Conclusion.- II. Knowing Others.- 5 Evolving Models of the Social Knower.- The Naive Scientist.- The Cognitive Miser.- The Motivated Tactician.- 6 Multiple Knowing Processes.- Automatic and Controlled Processing.- Adding Noncognitive to Cognitive Knowing.- 7 Stereotyping and Prejudice.- Applying the New Model.- Automatic Caricatures.- Overcoming Stereotypes: Toward Individual Portraits.- III. Self Processes.- 8 Negotiating Realities to Know Oneself.- Self Theory as an Inherently Social Transaction.- The Good-and-in-Control Prototype.- The Negative Self Theory.- The Interaction of Self Theory and Self-Knowledge.- “Knowing” Oneself as a Social Control.- 9 Goals in Personality, Emotion, and Subjective Well-Being.- Goals and Self-Regulation.- Types of Goals.- Goals as Cognitive Motivators.- Goals and Personality.- Goals and Emotion.- Goals and Subjective Well-Being.- 10 Self-Regulation: The Pursuit of Goals.- Components of Self-Regulation.- Control Theory: The Mechanistic Side of Human Self-Regulation.- Goal Theory and Self-Efficacy Theory: The Human Side of Self-Regulation.- New Developments in Self-Regulation.- IV. Interpersonal Processes.- 11 Communication-Based Social Judgments and Relationship-Based Self Schemas.- Communication and Conversations.- Working Models of Self with Others.- 12 Close Relationships.- Psychology’s Long Courtship with Love.- Relational Constructs and Methodologies.- Relationship-Forming Processes.- Romantic Relationships.- Relationship-Maintaining Processes.- Becoming Relational Experts.- V. The Clinical Context.- 13 Social Clinical Psychology.- A History of Social Clinical Psychology.- Social Clinical Psychology Today.- 14 The Social Cognitive Construction of Difference and Disorder.- Clinical Myths and Sequelae.- Defining Normality and Abnormality.- Categorical Thinking.- Errors and Biases in Clinical Judgment.- Conclusion.