In the course of chairing two recent symposia on the topic of attributions, accounts, and close relationships, I discovered the importance of constructing the “big pictures,” especially for those in the audience who were hopeful about their interest in the subject but unfamiliar with its history and terminology. Three strategies seem important to invite new interest and involvement in this area: explicit definitions; coherent, common models; and gut-level appeal. Throughout this volume, contributors have provided explicit definitions for such terms as account, although no two contributions feel constrained to employ the same definitions. In this brief afterword, then, I offer my own versions of the common models underlying much of the work reviewed here. To that end, I begin this afterword with my own gut-level appeal, a “meta-account,” a story about the power of stories.
KeywordsBehavioral Intention Short Story Explicit Definition Identity Change Marital Violence
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