The situation through an interpersonal lens

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

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We focus on three of the Rauthmann et al. assertions with which we agree: (i) psychology needs guiding principles of what situations are and how they operate, (ii) we should tailor different situational taxonomies to our research needs and (iii) psychological experiences of situations matter. These assertions are embodied in the 'interpersonal situation', a fundamental orienting construct of interpersonal theory, providing an interactional-dynamic perspective on the situation that is variable-centred and dimensional, focuses on characteristics of situations, synthesizes objective and subjective perspectives, and is applicable to multi-method, multi-informant, multi-timescale assessment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)407-408
Number of pages2
JournalEuropean Journal of Personality
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 1 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Psychology


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