Title page for ETD etd-12222005-090625

Type of Document Dissertation
Author Lawless, W. F.
URN etd-12222005-090625
Title Lewinian interdependence theory, dynamics, and tension systems : an application to social support and game theory
Degree PhD
Department Psychology
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
No Advisors Found
  • Social interaction.
  • Interpersonal relations.
  • Field theory (Social psychology)
  • Game theory.
Date of Defense 1992-02-05
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Social psychology, personality theory, economics, and epistemology have suffered from a failure to incorporate dynamic behavior into theory. Dynamic behavior is the rate of change of behavior and the forces that cause change. Not much is known about dynamics, but fifty years ago Lewin linked interdependence to dynamics; his ideas were articulated in this study as a tension force anchored between a fixed personality and the environment and expressed as a seeking of preferred social situations. Couched in ideas of the whole where a group is the sum of its tension system, outcomes like stability or trust for dyads, or like innovation and failure for organizations, can be predicted.

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