Strangers in a Strange Lab: How Personality Shapes Our Initial Encounters with Others

Strangers in a Strange Lab: How Personality Shapes Our Initial Encounters with Others

by William Ickes
     
 

Winner of the 2012 International Association for Relationship Research Book Award

Can we predict how well — or how poorly — two strangers will get along? According to social psychologist William Ickes, the answer is yes. Drawing upon relevant research findings from his 30-year career, Ickes explains how initial interactions are shaped by gender, race,

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Winner of the 2012 International Association for Relationship Research Book Award

Can we predict how well — or how poorly — two strangers will get along? According to social psychologist William Ickes, the answer is yes. Drawing upon relevant research findings from his 30-year career, Ickes explains how initial interactions are shaped by gender, race, birth order, physical attractiveness, androgyny, the Big Five dimensions, shyness, and self-monitoring.

Ickes's work offers unprecedented insights on the links between personality and social behavior that have not previously been compiled in a single source: how sibling relationships during childhood affect our interactions with opposite-sex strangers years later; why Latinos have a social advantage in initial interactions; how men react to the physical attractiveness of a female stranger in a relatively direct and obvious way while women react to the attractiveness of a male stranger in a more indirect and subtle way; and how personality similarity is related to satisfaction in married couples.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199950898
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
02/01/2013
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
232
Sales rank:
1,306,667
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

1. Some People, Other People
2. Strangers in a Strange Lab
3. Sex
4. Race / Ethnicity
5. Birth Order
6. Physical Attractiveness
7. The Taijitu of Androgyny
8. The Big Five
9. Shyness and Self-Consciousness
10. Self-Monitoring
11. How It All Adds Up: An Integration

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