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Optimism, Effects on Relationships

  • By: Sanjay Srivastava & Kimberly Angelo
  • In: Encyclopedia of Human Relationships
  • Edited by: Harry T. Reis & Susan Sprecher
  • Subject:Interpersonal Relationships, Group Processes/Dynamics, Close Relationships

One enduring lesson from social and personality psychology is that beliefs affect social behavior. Beliefs can proactively shape the ways that individuals perceive and make sense of social situations, and beliefs can affect how individuals behave toward others. A belief ...

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