A definitive, authoritative and up-to-date resource for anyone interested in the theories, models and assessment methods used for understanding the many facets of Human personality and individual differences. Volume 2: Personality Measurement and Assessment. Covers psychometric measurement of personality.
Chapter 20: Interpersonal Theory and the Measurement of Interpersonal Constructs
Interpersonal Theory and the Measurement of Interpersonal Constructs
This chapter describes personality measures that are derived from modern theories about dyadic interactions. Modern theories emphasize two prominent themes or dimensions that allow us to organize interpersonal behaviors systematically and draw inferences about them. The first dimension (communion) refers to the degree of connection between two people that is fostered by different kinds of interaction. An exchange of intimacy, for example, promotes communion. The second dimension (agency) refers to the degree of influence that one partner has upon the other when they interact. If one person dominates and the other yields, the dominating partner's behavior is said to be highly agentic.
As shown below, these two theoretical dimensions have led ...