Perspectives in Interactional Psychology

pp 287-327

Stress-Related Transactions between Person and Environment

  • Richard S. LazarusAffiliated withDepartment of Psychology, University of California
  • , Raymond LaunierAffiliated withDepartment of Psychology, University of California

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Because stress implies a particular kind of commerce between a person (or animal) and environment, it provides an ideal vehicle for addressing the subject matter of this book on internal and external determinants of behavior. We believe this issue is expressed especially well by differentiating between two metatheoretical concepts, transaction and interaction. We have been drawn inexorably toward an emphasis on transaction by the very nature of stress phenomena and the evolving theoretical perspective within which we have worked.