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Aversive Interpersonal Behaviors

Part of the series The Springer Series in Social/Clinical Psychology pp 189-214

Social Allergens and the Reactions That They Produce

Escalation of Annoyance and Disgust in Love and Work
  • Michael R. CunninghamAffiliated withDepartment of Psychology, University of Louisville
  • , Anita P. BarbeeAffiliated withDepartment of Psychology, University of Louisville
  • , Perri B. DruenAffiliated withDepartment of Psychology, University of Louisville

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Abstract

Much of the research in our laboratory has focused on the positive aspects of human interaction, such as attraction (Cunningham, Roberts, Barbee, & Druen, 1995), partner selection strategies (Druen, 1995), helpfulness (Cunningham, Shaffer, Barbee, Wolfe, & Kelley, 1990), honesty (Cunningham, Wong, & Barbee, 1994), and socially supportive cheering-up behaviors (Barbee & Cunningham, 1995). Yet, there may be limits to what can be learned about relationship dynamics by focusing solely on the determinants of prosocial actions.