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An Atlas of Interpersonal Situations


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Foreword; Part I. Introduction and Theory: 1. Interpersonal situations: the context of social behavior; 2. Outcome interdependence; 3. Interaction conditions and person factors; 4. Exploring the geography of the outcome patterns; Part II The Situations: Preface to the Entries for the Situations; Single Component Patterns: 1. Independence: we go our separate ways; 2. Mutual partner control: I scratch your back, you scratch mine; 3. Corresponding mutual joint control: getting in sync; 4. Conflicting mutual joint control: match or mismatch; Two- and three-component patterns: 5. The prisoner's dilemma: me versus we; 6. Threat: trading loyalty for justice; 7. Chicken: death before dishonor; 8. Hero: let's do it your way; 9. Conjunctive problems: together we can do it; 10. Disjunctive problems: either of us can do it; 11. Asymmetric dependence: you're the boss; Time-extended patterns: 12. Iterated prisoner's dilemma: united we stand, divided we fall; 13. Investment: building for the future; 14. Delay of gratification: resisting temptation; Incomplete information situations; 15. Negotiation: can we agree on a deal?; 16. Encounters with strangers: lack of information about a partner; 17. Joint decisions under uncertainty: bird in the hand; 18. Twists of fate: coping with an uncertain future; N-person Situations; 19. Third parties: effects of an outsider; 20. N-person prisoner's dilemma: tragedy of the commons; Movement from one situation to another; 21. Movement among situations: where do we go from here?; Part III. Epilogue.

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A comprehensive analysis of the impact of situations on human behavior.


"...interesting application of interdependence theory which opens some surprising perspectives on personal interdependence." Daniel Friedrich, University of Hamburg, The Journal of Mind and Behavior "The authors advance knowledge about interdependence among people, continuing a discussion that originated with Kurt Lewin... Recommended." Choice

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