How People Interact

Roy F. Baumeister

in The Cultural Animal

Published in print June 2005 | ISBN: 9780195167030
Published online April 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199894147 | DOI:
How People Interact

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This chapter focuses on interactions. Though psychology has generally focused its grand theories on the individual human self, thinking, feeling, wanting, and acting, interaction follows another set of rules. Moreover, if we accept the premise that people are designed by nature for culture, then human interactions are worthy of separate treatment. To be sure, social life is already interactive, and so this chapter will focus on the differences between cultural and social interactions. Social interactions are mostly one-on-one, whereas cultural interactions involve a context that refers to the group or other collective. Hence, the chapter will look at social behavior such as family life, aggression, sex, and power, but it will emphasize how these interactions are transformed by being part of a culture.

Keywords: human interaction; human psyche; social animal; social interactions; cultural interactions; social behavior

Chapter.  20757 words. 

Subjects: Social Psychology

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