Knowing People: The Personal Use of Social Psychology

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Rowman & Littlefield, 2007 - Psychology - 362 pages
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Social psychology studies one of civilization's most central concerns: human relationships. By understanding people's beliefs, attitudes, and desires, individuals can fashion relationships that benefit all involved, rather than one person or group at the expense of another. Written with a friendly style and engaging, accessible language, the second edition of the popular textbook Knowing People selects some of the best research in social psychology and shows how it can improve people's lives. This revised and updated edition includes clear descriptions of the latest research and adds a new chapter on leadership and emotion. Not only does Knowing People appeal to individual readers interested in improving their relationships, but it is also valuable as a supplemental text in a wide variety of social science, business, and professional courses_in all areas where successful interaction with other people is important.
 

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This is the first book I've ever read on social psychology, though the subject has intrigued me since college. But Lovaglia's text makes for more than just a great jumping-off point. It's solidly ... Read full review

Contents

THE POWER OF THE SITUATION OVER YOU
KNOWING YOURSELF AND OTHER PEOPLE TOO
21
WHO ARE YOU?
55
OF SOUND MIND
71
INFLUENCE GETTING PEOPLE TO LISTEN TO YOU
109
PERSUASION WHAT WILL IT TAKE TO CONVINCE YOU?
153
YOUR PLACE IN THE WORKPLACE
177
WHY IM PREJUDICED
211
THE POWER IN AND OUT OF LOVE
255
LEADERSHIP AND EMOTION THE STORY YET TO BE TOLD
283
HOW DO WE KNOW?
309
REFERENCES
325
INDEX
351
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
361
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Michael Lovaglia is professor of sociology and departmental executive officer at the University of Iowa. He founded the journal Current Research in Social Psychology, and his articles have been published in The American Journal of Sociology, American Sociological Review, and Social Psychology Quarterly. His basic research on social power, status, and emotion has been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation.

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