R. D. Laing: Interpersonal Perception

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  • Daniel Burston (Duquesne University)
  • Gavin Miller (University of Glasgow)

Interpersonal Perception was published in 1966. In terms of its underlying methodology, it was a sequel to Self and Others (Laing, 1961). It was co-authored with Herbert Phillipson, the chief psychologist at the Tavistock Clinic, and Robert Lee, an American on a research fellowship from the National Institute of Mental Health. The book's title is slightly misleading, as it deals specifically with the communicative roots of marital misunderstanding and dysfunction, and not with the entire interpersonal field. Evidently, the idea was to deepen an approach to interpersonal perception called “attribution theory” pioneered by social psychologists Solomon Asch, Fritz Heider, Jerome Bruner, Urie Bronfenbrenner and …

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Citation:
Burston, Daniel, Gavin Miller. "Interpersonal Perception". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 29 August 2005
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