Managing Interpersonal Sensitivity

Managing Interpersonal Sensitivity : Knowing When & When Not To Understand Others

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Findings from the past two decades of interpersonal sensitivity research presented a big surprise to the researchers who were working in this area. These findings, at first suggestive and then unmistakably clear, showed that scores on various interpersonal sensitivity measures were not as stable as scores on other measures of cognitive ability (for example, IQ scores) seemed to be. The accumulating data further suggested that differences in situationally-evoked motivational states were the most probable cause of these variations in interpersonal sensitivity. This book examines this discovery and how it has completely changed the research agenda for those working in this field of study.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 279 pages
  • 180 x 260 x 12.7mm | 518g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • UK ed.
  • 1631172174
  • 9781631172175

Table of contents

Preface: Interpersonal Sensitivity: A Set of Abilities We Can Dial Up or Down as Needed?pp,vii-xiii; Manipulated Motivation & Interpersonal Accuracy; Why, When, & How Motivation Helps Mind-Reading; Accurate When It Counts: Perceiving Power & Status in Social Groups; Specifically Motivated, Feminine, or Just Female: Do Women have an Empathic Accuracy Advantage?; Tuning Out in Order to Fit In: The Effects of Gender Role Expectations & Affiliation Motives on Mens Interpersonal Sensitivity; Romantic Enquiring Minds: The Motivation to Acquire Relationship-Threatening Information; Adult Attachment Styles & Motivated Accuracy; Rejection Sensitivity, Violence & Decoding Deficits in Married Men; Motivation, Empathic Accuracy, & Spousal Support: Its Complicated!; Motivated Misunderstanding in Family Conflict Discussions; Motivated Inaccuracy: Past & Future Directions; To Be, or Not to Be, Accurate: Addressing That & Other Complicated Questions; Index.
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About Jessi L. Smith

William Ickes, Ph.D., is professor of psychology at the University of Texas at Arlington. He is the author or co-author of over 100 articles, books, & book chapters. His research on "everyday mind reading" has been recognised by two international research awards.
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