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The Person and the Situation: Perspectives of Social Psychology

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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 in this timely reissue of one of social psychology's classic textbooks. ...more
Paperback, 2nd, with new foreword and afterword, 288 pages
Published December 16th 2011 by Pinter & Martin Ltd (first published January 1st 1991)
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Sep 27, 2016 rated it liked it
I recommend this book for those curious about social psychology--its theories and their application. I give it three stars for two reasons: because I found the style of writing to be dense and sometimes unapproachable and because the short afterword acknowledging the 20 years between the initial publication and this reissue is in my opinion insufficient to address the major updates and changes that have occurred in the field. On the whole, it was an interesting and informative book.
Apr 12, 2018 rated it liked it
I’m glad I read it, but it was a tough read for a lay person in the psychology field.
Shweta Nambiar
Mar 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
One of the finest books I have ever read. It fundamentally changes the way you view people and make judgments about them. I cannot recommend it enough.
Дмитрий Филоненко
It's not that often that some scientific reading really breaks reader's existing perception of the world. Even Einstein's revelations more amend, though overwhelmingly, a picture of the world given from the childhood than flip it over. The more breathtaking this feeling of a shaking ground when it comes from the sphere where everyone feels rather confident. Everyone thinks she/he is good enough in assessing others behavior. At minimum in ability to explain some deeds, at maximum to predict them ...more
David Wen
Apr 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Not an easy read but it brings together all the studies done on social psychology in the last century. Excellent starting point for anyone curious about social psychology to find more books and topics to read.
Oct 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
So many fascinating studies and ideas.

Also kind of dry.

I'm curious what new parts research has filled in over the last 30 years.
Sahil Chinoy
Jun 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a textbook about social psychology: the subfield of psychology that studies how people's thoughts and behavior are affected by the presence, implied or actual, of others. The book is written for a student of social science without much background in psychology, and the emphasis is on thoroughly summarizing the literature and explaining seminal studies, not on narrative. There are a few powerful ideas:

The fundamental attribution error: People tend to attribute the observed behavior of oth
Neil Pasricha
Mar 31, 2021 rated it really liked it
Years ago I was watching an NFL playoff game when they flashed a graphic onscreen that stuck with me. They showed two quarterbacks, drafted the same year, with the same type of college cred. One of them had one head coach on one team over his entire career and had been a huge success and won a handful of Superbowls. (I’ll let you guess who.) The other had the pleasure of playing under something like a dozen coaches across half a dozen teams. And guess what? Pretty much zero success. And we all h ...more
Karen Briscoe
Feb 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Is it the person or is it the situation is the classic question. This book takes on the question of what is influence? It argues that context and the situation substantially impacts behavior. Karen Briscoe, author and podcast host 5 Minute Success
Nathan Chappell
Jan 05, 2019 rated it liked it
Great history of social psychology, but out of date.
Alice Wonders
Sep 30, 2019 marked it as to-read
Malcolm Gladwell says this book “basically gave me my view of the world." ...more
Vicki Powell
Jun 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Probably the most impactful book I have read. I read it just as I was finishing my graduate studies and it completely changed the way I thought about everyone and everything.
Stuart Wade
Feb 17, 2020 rated it it was ok
Pretty dense. Reads like a text book for the most part. Redeems itself with citing some interesting studies
Manoj Saha
Oct 20, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: could-not-finish
It is a textbook.
Ronalds Cinks
Dec 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

the book introduces a thourough framework to understan human behavior and the aspects to be taken into account when trying to change it.
Nov 11, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: english, non-fiction
I found out about this book from a list of Malcom Gladwell's recommendations in an article somewhere and I took his word for it. It turns out it's an actual textbook and it's written quite some time ago (I've looked it up, in 1991!) with minimal revision for newer editions. Inevitably, its biggest drawback is related to this, it feels outdated, a little clunky and it ostensibly lacks the perspective of more modern studies for the most part. It's ok for an introduction in social psychology, but I ...more
Abner Huertas
Jul 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Comprender a los demás, y a uno mismo, es una ciencia. el estudio del comportamiento humano en sociedad, es interesante; este conocimiento permite desarrollar la empatía.

En este libro se desvelan muchos aspectos interesantes de nuestra forma de ser, desde el porqué juzgamos el resultado de las acciones de los demás, pero queremos ser comprendidos por nuestras intenciones. Los perjuicios, los conceptos que formamos y el porqué a veces gente buena hace cosas malas, son algunos de los temas que se
Edilson Fontenele
Além da personalidade própria, ego, emoções e modelos mentais que nos fazem ter perspectivas diferentes sobre um mesmo fato, o autor acrescenta a variável relacionada ao contexto no qual estamos inseridos.
O contexto pode influenciar dramaticamente nossa percepção dos fatos e, indo além, também podemos alterar o contexto para influenciar e liderar de maneira adequada e, principalmente, inspiracional.
Excelente leitura.
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