Keynote Chris Hopwood

Chris Hopwood (UC Davis, USA)

The Interpersonal Situation

Interpersonal encounters are impacted by factors including the motives, feelings, and personalities of the interactants, the parameters of the situation, the nature of the relationship, and perceptual processes. The wide array of inter-dependent factors that impact interpersonal encounters make them difficult to study.

In this talk, I will present the interpersonal situation as a model for accounting for the diverse factors that are relevant to interpersonal encounters. This model has roots in interpersonal theory but accommodates aspects of personality and behavior that have not traditionally been central to that perspective. I will use the interpersonal situation model as a framework to guide thinking about how to assess interpersonal dynamics and interactions.