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Strangers in a Strange LabHow Personality Shapes Our Initial Encounters with Others$
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William Ickes

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195372953

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195372953.001.0001

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Some People, Other People

Some People, Other People

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(p.1) 1 Some People, Other People
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Strangers in a Strange Lab
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William Ickes

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195372953.003.0001

This chapter introduces the book by noting how important it is to know which people to affiliate with and which people to avoid. Figuring this out isn't always easy, and some of the guidelines that our culture provides (folk wisdom in the form of aphorisms and cultural models in the form of novels, plays, films, fictional and “reality” television programs) can be quite misleading in this regard. Instead, the best guidelines are provided by psychological research, and specifically by observational studies of people's naturally occurring social interactions that explore the role of the participants' personality traits and characteristics on their thoughts, feelings, and behavior during the time they are interacting together.

Keywords:   aphorisms, popular culture, observational research, initial interactions, personality similarity, dissimilarity

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