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Chapter 24: Interpersonal Perception Models
The impressions and judgments that we make of others are a critical aspect of our social world. Our understanding of the personalities of others provides structure and coherence to our experiences and a framework to explain their past behavior. This framework and scaffolding allows us to anticipate and predict their future behavior, even if imperfectly. Impressions of others’ personalities are crucial in that they serve an adaptive function (McArthur and Baron, 1983), helping to channel and guide thoughts and behaviors, enabling or forestalling future interactions, and influencing the potential course of relationship development (Sunnafrank and Ramirez, 2004). Impressions are important and have consequences for both ourselves and others.
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