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- File Size: 1205 KB
- Print Length: 192 pages
- Publisher: Pinter & Martin; 2nd edition (25 Oct. 2011)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B005ZTTTL2
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- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #69,033 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The Person and the Situation Kindle Edition
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The highlight of the book for me is that canonical psychology studies are reviewed through the lens of situationism, giving an interesting slant to Milgram's Obedience to Authority studies, Festinger's Theory of Cognitive Dissonance, Latane and Darley's bystander studies, and Asch's 'conformity' experiments (I put the word in inverted commas as Nisbett and Ross correctly point out that the original experiment was as much about independence as it was about conformity, disabusing the much-repeated myth of this classic study). Anyone interested in these classics will be satisfied with the fascinating situationist re-interpretation.
This book is dense - not in the sense that it's hard to read (it could be comfortably read by interested laypeople, especially fans of Malcolm Gladwell's Outliers or The Tipping Point, but I'd advise skipping the particularly intense chapter about statistics). Rather, it's dense in that it contains so many fascinating ideas for such a slim volume. One minor gripe is that for this Pinter & Martin re-issue, the writers have elected to add an epilogue rather than revise the book in line with current research. In the epilogue they all-too-briefly mention the tantalizing idea about the interaction of the person via the situation, rather than the person versus the situation, an idea I would have loved to see given more space. This review can't do justice to the sheer depth and breadth that this book covers, so I can only recommend for anyone interested in social psychology to pick up this book.
This is not apparent when using the Recommendations link, where he is listed first among the authors, or on the Amazon for mobiles app.
Useful and interesting text, nonetheless: just not what I thought I was buying.
Gladwell is an interesting, thought-provoking, highly intelligent author capable of creating fascinating insights by bringing together seemingly unrelated information. This book, by contrast, is flat and lifeless, and serves only to illustrate how much Gladwell and others have raised the bar.
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