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Strangers in a Strange Lab : How Personality Shapes Our Initial Encounters with Others, Paperback / softback Book

Strangers in a Strange Lab : How Personality Shapes Our Initial Encounters with Others Paperback / softback


Winner of the 2012 International Association for Relationship Research Book AwardCan we predict how well - or how poorly - two strangers will get along?

According to social psychologist William Ickes, the answer is yes.

Drawing upon relevant research findings from his 30-year career, Ickes explains how initial interactions are shaped by gender, race, birth order, physical attractiveness, androgyny, the Big Five dimensions, shyness, and self-monitoring. Ickes's work offers unprecedented insights on the links between personality and social behavior that have not previously been compiled in a single source: how sibling relationships during childhood affect our interactions with opposite-sex strangers years later; why Latinos have a social advantage in initial interactions; how men react to the physical attractiveness of a female stranger in a relatively direct and obvious way while women react to the attractiveness of a male stranger in a moreindirect and subtle way; and how personality similarity is related to satisfaction in married couples.


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Psychology
  • ISBN: 9780199950898


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