The Person and the Situation

The Person and the Situation
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ISBN:  978-1-905177-44-8
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Author: Lee Ross | Richard E. Nisbett
Foreword: Malcolm Gladwell
Published: 2012
Edition: 2nd
Binding: paperback
Format: 156 x232mm
Pages: 288
Illustrations: none
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How does the situation we’re in influence the way we behave and think? Professors Ross and Nisbett eloquently argue that the context we find ourselves in substantially affects our behavior.

“The Person and the Situation explores the complex ideas about personal versus situational determinants of behavior and relates the lessons of our discipline to important political, social, and even philosophical issues. This its the type of book that we have long wished we had available to assign to the serious, critical student who asks, ‘What have we really learned from social psychology?’ “We offer this book as a kind of throwback to a golden age and as a tribute to our intellectual forebears. We offer it as a ‘stand tall and be proud’ pep talk for our colleagues in general and for our younger colleagues in particular. We offer it as an olive branch and invitation to more fruitful intellectual dialogue with our friends in personality research (and also to our friends in anthropology and sociology who cluck, with some justification, about our parochialism). We offer it as a slim guide for non-psychologists to the heart and muscle of our enterprise. And last, but not least, we offer it as an invitation to honor the great tradition of Kurt Lewin that links basic theory first to the analysis of socially significant real-world phenomena and ultimately to the task of effective social innovation.”  Lee Ross & Richard Nisbett
With a new foreword by Malcolm Gladwell, and a new afterword by the authors, this timely reissue of one of social psychology’s classic texts is essential reading for anyone with an interest in human behavior.
 “All of my books have been, in some sense, intellectual godchildren of The Person and the Situation. This book has been a constant companion over the past 10 years.”Malcolm Gladwell, in his new foreword

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Excellent social psychology book
Monday, 29 February 2016  | 

I've read quite a few social psychology books by now and this is hands down one of the best. Ross and Nisbett tackle the big fault line that has existed for decades between personality psychology (which tries to explain individual differences in terms of personality traits), and social psychology, which looks more at the situation in which the behaviour takes places. It's a nuanced account, and gives great insights into the human condition from page 1. Highly recommended!

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A very informative read!
Friday, 6 April 2012  | 

I found this book to be very well written, giving a thoruogh insight into the major research and philosopies within Social Psychology. I didn't read this book for study purposes so it was a little difficult to get through given the academic language but I imagine it would be a fantastic companion to anyone studying Social Psychology. I am a psychology graduate but I didn't opt to take social psychology as a major option in my degree so this book really added to my knowledge and understanding while also acting as a reminder of what I had previously learned. It's well refenced and would be very useful for essay or report writing. Overall I would definatley recommend this book. well written, well refenced and a great overview!

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