Complaining, Teasing, and Other Annoying Behaviors

Complaining, Teasing, and Other Annoying Behaviors

by Robin M. Kowalski


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Everyone has teased, nagged, betrayed, or lied to another person. Likewise, everyone has been the unfortunate object of such unpleasant behaviors. In this intriguing book, social psychologist Robin M. Kowalski examines the intricacies of six annoying interpersonal behaviors: complaining, teasing, breaches of propriety, worry and reassurance-seeking, lying, and betrayal. She considers the functions of these behaviors, the types of people who are inclined to do them, the consequences for victims and perpetrators, and the ways in which such behaviors might be curtailed.

Complaining, Teasing, and Other Annoying Behaviors provides for the first time a multifaceted picture of common annoying behaviors. The book answers these questions and many others:

• Why do people tease?

• What are the consequences of annoying behaviors for the people involved?

• Is there a positive side to irritating behaviors?

• Are people more likely to lie to those close to them or to strangers?

• Do excuses and apologies diminish the hurtful effect of unpleasant behaviors?

• What is the relation of gender and culture to specific annoying acts?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780300209747
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 06/10/2014
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 1,100,135
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x (d)

About the Author

Robin M. Kowalski is professor of psychology at Clemson University. An expert in the field of interpersonal behavior and social anxiety, she has published five books and numerous articles on these topics. Interest in her research on complaining has been widespread, leading to radio, tv, and newspaper interviews around the world. She has appeared on the Today Show, and articles on her research have been published in Health, Allure, Family Circle, Reader’s Digest, and many other magazines.

Table of Contents

1The Offensive Side of Social Interaction1
3Teasing and Bullying52
4Egocentrism, Arrogance, and Conceit77
5Incivility and Breaches of Propriety100
6Excessive Worry and Reassurance-Seeking125
7Deceit and Betrayal143

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Guest More than 1 year ago
I recently had the true pleasure of personally meeting the author, Robin Kowalski, and now I know why this book is so good ... and that's because she's extremely sincere and engaging. In other words, she's got world-class manners. I read this book with great fascination ... it answered a lot of questions about unproductive human interpersonal behavior. Kowalski's book also gives you ways to handle and understand it, and that's what we need the most. Bad behavior ain't ever going away, but now that I understand what causes it, I'm much more confident in dealing with it. So, what do I do from time to time? Well, I'm a substitute teacher ... of teenagers! ........ Todd Sentell also teaches learning disabled students social skills and everyday etiquette. He's also the author of the hilarious social satire TOONAMINT OF CHAMPIONS