UC Berkeley Institute of Personality and Social Research



Self-Interest versus Other-Focus: Navigating the Self-Other Tradeoff in Interpersonal Relationships

Presenter: Amie Gordon, Postdoctoral Fellow, UC San Francisco

Wed, Oct 18, 2017, 12:10 pm to 1:15 pm

5101 Tolman Hall

Relationships underscore every aspect of our lives, influencing the health and well-being of individuals, groups and organizations. One of the fundamental challenges in interpersonal relationships is balancing self-interest with the needs of another person. In this talk, I draw upon social, personality, and health psychology to investigate the factors that shape this self-other tradeoff with the ultimate aim of identifying effective ways to help people create relationships that are assets rather than impairments. In particular, I discuss research on the benefits of perspective taking, gratitude, and awe for dealing with conflict and creating more cooperative relationships as well as the social costs of sleeping poorly. 

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