Commentary on “Theoretical and Historical Perspectives”
Since the beginning of the century, research on susceptibility to social influence has focused on common themes, and these still occupy the attention of the five authors in this opening section. Such themes include: (a) the generality of individual response to different suggestions; (b) the definition and assessment of the effects of suggestion on behavior; (c) the reasons why individuals vary in their responsiveness to suggestion (the issue of mechanism); and (d) definition of the most appropriate frame of reference for conceptualizing the influence of suggestion (phenomenal or real).
KeywordsPersonal Construct Reality Monitoring Personal Construction Constructivist Account Personal Construct Theory
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