Entrapment in Escalating Conflicts

Entrapment in Escalating Conflicts : A Social Psychological Analysis

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It was just over 12 years ago that we first sat down together to talk about psychological traps. In the relative calm of late afternoons, feet draped casually over the seedy furnishings of the Tufts psychology department, we entertained each other with personal anecdotes about old cars, times spent lost on hold, and the Shakespearean concerns of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, Lord and Lady Macbeth, and other notables. Eventually, informed by our many illustrations and the excitement that their repeated telling engendered in the two of us, we began to move more formally into trap analysis. How do you know a trap when you see one? What are the shared characteristics of all psychological traps, regardless of origin, scope, or complexity? What are the key conceptual elements in any effort to differentiate among the traps of the world? What factors make us more or less apt to fall prey to entrapment? These were some of the questions that arose during these initial meetings. A series of weekly meetings stretched over the ensuing years-interrupted temporarily by various exigencies-and led eventually to a research program that grew to involve a number of students and faculty colleagues. At the time, of course, we did not regard our work as a "research program"; rather, even as our experiments proceeded to answer two burning questions at a time, they managed to raise three or four new issues that we had not anticipated before.
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  • Paperback | 275 pages
  • 155 x 235 x 15.49mm | 446g
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 1985
  • XI, 275 p.
  • 1461295513
  • 9781461295518

Table of contents

Preface.- 1. Introduction.- Toward Some Generalizations.- Summary.- 2. Experimental Research Methods.- The Dollar Auction Game.- The Counter Game.- The Jigsaw Puzzle Procedure.- The Carnival Game.- The Waiting Game.- Role-Playing Simulations.- Closing Comments.- 3. Preliminary Experimental Analyses of Entrapment.- Overview.- Summary.- 4. Some Nonsocial Antecedents of Entrapment.- Expectancy Value Antecedents.- Decision Structure Antecedents.- Summary.- 5. Social Influence and Entrapment.- Social Versus Nonsocial Entrapment.- Sex Differences.- Attraction, Aggression, and Entrapment.- Modeling and Entrapment.- Group Decision Making and Entrapment.- Summary and Conclusions.- 6. The Role of Self-Presentation in Entrapment.- Face Saving and Entrapment.- Self-Diagnosticity and Entrapment.- 7. The Psychological Process of Entrapment.- Some Psychological Consequences of Entrapment.- The Psychological Process of Entrapment: Implications for Behavior.- Summary and Conclusions.- 8. Individual Differences.- The Search for the Entrapment-Prone Personality, or Individual Differences as "Main Effects".- Personality x Situation Interactionism.- Individual Differences as Mediating Variables.- Summary and Conclusions.- 9. Toward the Reduction of Entrapment.- Factors Decreasing Entrapment: An Overview.- Cognitive Deterrents of Entrapment.- Motivational Deterrents to Entrapment.- Concluding Comments.- 10. Applications.- Entrapment in Work Organizations.- Entrapment in Interpersonal Relationships.- Entrapment in Political Decision Making.- Summary.- 11. Conclusions.- Decisional Duality.- The Role of Choice.- The Virtues of Entrapment.- A Broader Trap Backdrop.- Understanding the Cause of Escalating Conflict.- References.- Author Index.
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