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Complaining, Teasing and Other Annoying Behaviors [Hardcover]

Robin M Kowalski

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1 Aug 2003
Everyone has teased, nagged, betrayed, or lied to another person. Likewise, everyone has been the unfortunate object of such unpleasant behaviour. In this volume, social psychologist Robin Kowalski examines the intricacies of six annoying interpersonal types of behaviour: complaining, teasing, breaches of propriety, worry and reassurance-seeking, lying, and betrayal. She considers the functions of this behaviour, the types of people who are inclined to do them, the consequences for victims and perpetrators, and the ways in which such behaviour might be curtailed. "Complaining, Teasing, and Other Annoying Behaviors" provides a multifaceted picture of common annoying types of behaviour. The book answers these questions and many others: Why do people tease?; What are the consequences of annoying behavior for the people involved?; Is there a positive side to irritating behaviour?; Are people more likely to lie to those close to them or to strangers?; Do excuses and apologies diminish the hurtful effect of unpleasant behaviour?; and what is the relation of gender and culture to specific annoying acts?

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"A recognized expert of research on complaining and teasing, Kowalski offers an excellent review of annoying behaviour and the people who engage in it." James Shepperd, University of Florida

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Robin M. Kowalski is professor of psychology at Clemson University. An expert in the field of interpersonal behaviour and social anxiety, she has published five books and numerous articles on these topics. Interest in her research on complaining has been widespread, leading to radio, television, and newspaper interviews around the world. She has appeared on the Today Show, and articles on her research have been published in Health, Allure, Family Circle, Reader's Digest, and many other magazines.

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5.0 out of 5 stars This book should be required reading for everyone. 8 April 2007
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Upon reading this great book by Ms. Kowalski I felt like privy to a mass of knowledge that just initiates have. The book is well written, easy to read, in short, a delightful experience. I hope that this type of literature would catch on and become popular. We all need to read about these subjects and similar ones in order to become better human beings. Dare to know thyself, read this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gain greater understanding of what motivates others to annoy 9 Feb 2006
By A. Roho - Published on
I couldn't put this book down, and it really helped me to understand why people annoy others, and why we are affected by it. I would have appreciated a little more help in handling narcissists, but still, it's very much worth buying.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "PLEASE" AND "THANK YOU" ARE STILL MAGIC WORDS! 9 Nov 2007
By Todd Sentell - Published on
I recently had the great pleasure of personally meeting the author, Robin Kowalski, and now I know why this book is so good ... and that's because she's extremely sincere and engaging. In other words, she's got world-class manners.

I read this book with great fascination ... it answered a lot of questions about unproductive human interpersonal behavior. Kowalski's book also gives you ways to handle and understand it, and that's what we need the most. Bad behavior ain't ever going away, but now that I understand what causes it, I'm much more confident in dealing with it. So, what do I do from time to time? Well, I'm a substitute teacher ... of teenagers!

Todd Sentell also teaches learning disabled students social skills and everyday etiquette. He's also the author of the hilarious social satire TOONAMINT OF CHAMPIONS
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