© 1985

Compatible and Incompatible Relationships

  • William Ickes

Part of the Springer Series in Social Psychology book series (SSSOC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 9-9
    2. William Ickes
      Pages 1-7
  3. Comparative and Developmental Perspectives

  4. Behavioral Interdependence: Social Exchange

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 141-141
    2. Elaine Hatfield, Jane Traupmann, Susan Sprecher, Mary Utne, Julia Hay
      Pages 91-117
  5. Emotional Interdependence

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 185-185
    2. Ellen Berscheid
      Pages 143-161
    3. Phillip Shaver, Cindy Hazan
      Pages 163-184
  6. Personality and Cognitive Interdependence

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 307-307
    2. Daniel M. Wegner, Toni Giuliano, Paula T. Hertel
      Pages 253-276
    3. Alan L. Sillars
      Pages 277-305
  7. Perspectives on Marital Interaction

    1. George Levinger, Marylyn Rands
      Pages 309-331

About this book


Several years ago, two of my colleagues and I had the opportunity to interview Fritz Heider-perhaps the most influential theorist in the field of social psychology (Harvey, Ickes, & Kidd, 1976). During our interview, Heider affirmed a belief that had guided his career since the 1920s, the belief that the study of human relationships is the most important task in which social scientists can engage. Although many social scientists would profess to share this belief, it is nonetheless true that the study of human relationships has been one of the most neglected tasks in the history of the social sciences-including psychology. What Heider found in the 1920s-that most psychologists acknowledged the importance of studying human relationships but at the same time tended to focus their own research on more "tractable" topics such as memory and cognition-is still very much evident in the 1980s. Even within the more specific domain of social psychology, a majority of researchers still choose to address those hybrid topics ("social cognition," "social categorization and stereotyping," "person memory," etc. ) that relate most directly to traditional areas of psychological research. Still other researchers, while choosing to study such important interpersonal phenomena as altruism, aggression, conflict, and interpersonal attraction, tend to focus so exclusively on these isolated and abstracted phenomena that they fail to provide a more inclusive view of the relationships in which these phenomena occur.


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Editors and affiliations

  • William Ickes
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of Texas—ArlingtonArlingtonUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Compatible and Incompatible Relationships
  • Editors W. Ickes
  • Series Title Springer Series in Social Psychology
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag New York 1985
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-387-96024-1
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-4612-9538-9
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-4612-5044-9
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVI, 388
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Personality and Social Psychology
    Sociology, general
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