The Psychology of Social Situations

The Psychology of Social Situations

Selected Readings

1st Edition - January 1, 1981

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  • Editors: Adrian Furnham, Michael Argyle
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483136318

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The Psychology of Social Situations: Selected Readings focuses on the situations in which social behavior occurs, taking into consideration the effects of these situations on different forms of social behavior. The selection first discusses the structure of social situations, including the structural elements of games and scenes of social interaction. Topics include paradigm for the analysis of the components and dimensions of scenes and the components, dimensions, and behavioral consequences of scenes. The publication also reviews studies on behavioral appropriateness and situational constraint as dimensions of social behavior; the use of free-response description approach for the analysis of person-situation interaction; and goal structure of situations. The book examines situational dimensions, perceived dimensions of interpersonal relations, and psychological effects of social environments. The text also ponders on the trait-situation controversy and the concept of interaction, person-situation interactions, and personality measurement. The selection is a dependable reference for psychologists and social scientists.

Table of Contents

  • Contents


    Part 1 The Structure of Social Situations

    1 The Polish Peasant in Europe and America

    2. The Structural Elements of Games

    3. Making The Scene

    4 Behavioral Appropriateness and Situational Constraint As Dimensions of Social Behavior

    5 A Free-Response Description Approach to the Analysis of Person-Situation Interaction

    6 The Goal Structure of Situations

    Part 2 The Social Psychological Approach

    The Perception of Social Situations

    1 The Perception of Social Episodes

    2 An Analysis of Situational Dimensions

    3. Perceived Dimensions of Interpersonal Relations

    The Response To Social Situations

    1. Physiological Effects of Social Environments

    2. Emotional Impact of A Task and Its Setting On Work Performance of Screeners and Non Screeners

    3. Similar Situations • Similar Behaviors?

    Stressful Situations

    1 Social Difficulty in A Student Sample

    2. Types of Stressful Situations and their Relation to Trait Anxiety and Sex

    3. Anxiety: States, Traits - Situations?

    Interactional Psychology

    1. The Trait-Situation Controversy and the Concept of Interaction

    2. The Case For Person-Situation Interactions

    3 On The Future of Personality Measurement

    Part 3 The Approach of Other Areas in the Social Sciences

    Environmental Psychology

    1 Explorations in Ecological Psychology

    2. 'Situational' Crime Prevention: Theory and Practice

    3 Judgements of People and their Rooms

    4. Psychiatric Patients and Staff Reaction to their Physical Environment

    Symbolic Interactionism and Ethnomethodology

    1. The Definition of The Situation: An Analysis of the Ethnomethodological and Dramaturgical View

    2. A Theory of The Definition of The Situation

    3. The Dramaturgical Model

    Socio-And Psycholinguistics

    1. The Neglected Situation

    2. The Situation: A Neglected Source of Social Class Differences in Language Use

    3. Address Forms Used By Members of A Department Store

    Clinical Psychology

    1. Effectiveness of Situation Redefinition and Affective Isolation in Coping with Stress

    2. Situational Determinants of Assertive Behaviors

    3. A Situation-Specific Model For Smoking Behavior

    Author Index

    Subject Index

Product details

  • No. of pages: 548
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Pergamon 1981
  • Published: January 1, 1981
  • Imprint: Pergamon
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483136318

About the Editors

Adrian Furnham

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Professor of Psychology, University of London

Michael Argyle

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