The interpersonal situation: An integrative framework for the study of personality, psychopathology, and psychotherapy

Aaron L. Pincus, Christopher J. Hopwood, Aidan G.C. Wright

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Abstract

This chapter reviews structural and process assumptions of the Contemporary Integrative Interpersonal Theory of personality and presents the interpersonal situation as a synthetic and widely applicable framework for integrating the structure and dynamics of persons and situations. It is an interactional-dynamic perspective that is variable-centered and dimensional (agency and communion; valence and arousal), specifies the important characteristics of situations, synthesizes objective and subjective perspectives, and is applicable to multimethod, multi-informant, multi-timescale assessments in situ, juxta situm, or ex situ organized by the interpersonal circumplex. Emphasizing clinical implications, the chapter reviews multimethod, multi-timescale empirical research employing intensive repeated measures designs (event-contingent recording, continuous assessment of interpersonal dynamics) supporting the interpersonal situation and its relevance for studying personality, psychopathology, and psychotherapy. It then elaborates on the utility of the interpersonal situation framework for psychotherapy practice and training. Finally, it identifies future directions for advancing this contemporary interpersonal perspective on psychological situations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Psychological Situations
PublisherOxford University Press
Pages124-142
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9780190263348
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Psychology(all)

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