Being Human: Relationships and You: A Social Psychological Analysis

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Rozenberg Publishers, Apr 30, 2008 - Social Science - 514 pages
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This book represents a new look at social psychology and relationships for the discerning reader and university student. The title of the book argues forcefully that the very nature of being human is defined by our relationships with others, our lovers, family, and our functional or dysfunctional interactions. Written in easy to follow logical progression the volume covers all major topical areas of social psychology, with results of empirical research of the most recent years included. A common project between American and European social psychologists, the book seeks to build a bridge between research findings in both regions of the world. In doing so the interpretations of the research takes a critical stand toward dysfunction in modern societies, and in particular the consequences of endless war and repression. Including topics as varied as an overview of the theoretical domains of social psychology and recent research on morality, justice and the law, the book promises a stimulating introduction to contemporary views of what it means to be human. A major emphasis of the book is the effect of culture in all major topical areas of social psychology including conceptions of the self, attraction, relationships and love, social cognition, attitude formation and behavior, influences of group membership, social influence, persuasion, hostile images, aggression and altruism, and moral behavior.
 

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Contents

The Theoretical Domain and Methods of Social Psychology
13
Cultural and Social Dimensions of the Self
43
Attractions and Relationships The Journey from Initial Attachments to Romantic Love
85
Social Cognition How We Think about the Social World
129
Attitude Formation and Behavior
161
The Influences of Group Membership
193
Processes of Social Influence Conformity Compliance and Obedience
221
Persuasion
261
Hostile Intergroup Behavior Prejudice Stereotypes and Discrimination
295
Aggression The Common Thread of Humanity
335
Altruism and Prosocial Behavior
371
Morality Competition Justice and Cooperation
407
References
443
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Knud S. Larsen is an Emeritus Professor Psychology. Reidar Ommundsen is Associate Professor in Social Psychology at the Department of Psychology of the University of Oslo in Norway. Kees van der Veer is at Free University of Amsterdam in the Department of Social Research Methodology.

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