Simple kindness can go a long way: Relationships, social identity, and engagement

Susan Andersen, S. Adil Saribay, Jennifer S. Thorpe

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Abstract

This paper reviews literature on relationships and draws a link to social identity using an integrative model that has implications for cooperative behavior within and between groups, and for establishing cultures of peace. For example, the group-value model suggests that how communications are delivered (e.g., through conveying respect) matters for cooperation and acceptance of group decisions. Extending this, and based on research on relationships, our integrative model points to the importance of conveying interpersonal warmth and kindness for facilitating pursuit of shared aims among people from different groups/backgrounds. We consider the implications of this for peaceful resolution of conflict.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)59-69
Number of pages11
JournalSocial Psychology
Volume39
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2008

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Social Identification
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Cooperative Behavior
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cooperative behavior
group decision
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respect
peace
communications
acceptance
Social Engagement
Social Identity
Values

Keywords

  • Contact hypothesis
  • Cooperation
  • Group identity
  • Relationships
  • Significant others

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)
  • Social Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science

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Simple kindness can go a long way : Relationships, social identity, and engagement. / Andersen, Susan; Saribay, S. Adil; Thorpe, Jennifer S.

In: Social Psychology, Vol. 39, No. 1, 2008, p. 59-69.

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Andersen, Susan ; Saribay, S. Adil ; Thorpe, Jennifer S. / Simple kindness can go a long way : Relationships, social identity, and engagement. In: Social Psychology. 2008 ; Vol. 39, No. 1. pp. 59-69.
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