A Cognitive Analysis of Social Performance

Implications for Assessment and Treatment
  • Diana P. Rathjen
  • Eric D. Rathjen
  • Alice Hiniker


The importance of cognitive factors in social interaction has long been recognized and studied by both social psychologists and more traditionally oriented clinicians, sometimes to the point of overlooking behavioral factors. Until recently, cognitive factors have been minimized in behavior therapy, perhaps as an overreaction to more traditional clinical approaches. However, with the emergence of cognitive behavior therapy, cognitive factors have been embraced with an enthusiasm that often outstrips empirical evidence for their importance. Cognitive behavioral techniques are being developed at a rapid rate for a wide variety of interpersonal problems (e.g., anger, interpersonal anxiety, social withdrawal, self-deprecation). In fact, there is some danger that in “going cognitive,” behavior therapy may lose its uniqueness and the advantages it derives from placing an emphasis on observable behavior.


Social Performance Social Competence Irrational Belief Homework Assignment Content Domain 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Diana P. Rathjen
    • 1
  • Eric D. Rathjen
    • 2
  • Alice Hiniker
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyRice UniversityHoustonUSA
  2. 2.Mental Health—Mental Retardation AuthorityHarris County, HoustonUSA
  3. 3.Texas Research Institute of Mental SciencesHoustonUSA

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