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|Type of Document
||Lawless, W. F.
||Lewinian interdependence theory, dynamics, and tension systems : an application to social support and game theory
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- Social interaction.
- Interpersonal relations.
- Field theory (Social psychology)
- Game theory.
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Social psychology, personality theory, economics, and epistemology have
suffered from a failure to incorporate dynamic behavior into theory. Dynamic behavior is
the rate of change of behavior and the forces that cause change. Not much is known
about dynamics, but fifty years ago Lewin linked interdependence to dynamics; his ideas
were articulated in this study as a tension force anchored between a fixed personality
and the environment and expressed as a seeking of preferred social situations. Couched
in ideas of the whole where a group is the sum of its tension system, outcomes like
stability or trust for dyads, or like innovation and failure for organizations, can be
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