Questions tagged [interpersonal-theories]

Use this tag for questions seeking information on academic theories related to interpersonal skills, or learning how to apply such theories to a particular situation.

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Does Dale Carnegie's "How to Win Friends and Influence People" actually help us find people more interesting?

I'd bought Dale Carnegie's How to Win Friends and Influence People at a used book store years ago and later read it. The message I took away from it was that if we lead people to believe that we find ...
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How do you respond (in a reasonable manner) when a less-educated friend suggests reasons for your current psychiatric disorder?

My friend suggested that a recent and ongoing flare of my autoimmune disease was causing my ongoing depression. She is a very close friend, and I love her dearly, but she is much less educated than I ...
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Is there some interpersonal skill that relates to "Giving people something to react to?”

A few years ago at a company new hire introduction, each of us was to go up to the front and tell “which movie we like best” and “something special about us.” So I went to the front, and spoke in ...
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Transactional Analysis: Dealing with a "Rebellious Child" [closed]

Transactional Analysis analyzes social transactions to determine the ego state of the patient (whether parent-like, childlike, or adult-like) as a basis for understanding behavior. A Child ego state ...
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What is the "Interpersonal Theory of Depression"?

I've been researching some interpersonal theories recently, and I stumbled across one called the "interpersonal theory of depression". I've found several articles that deal with the theory (such as A ...
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How to use Social Penetration Theory to increase closeness with someone who doesn't normally talk about their feelings

I recently heard about Social Penetration Theory where the basic principle is that "in relationships, as people disclose more about themselves over time, those relationships develop layer by layer, ...