ERIC Number: ED189489
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
An Implicit Psychology of Warm and Cold Interpersonal Relations.
Walker, Charles J.; Sarteschi, Randy
Currently it is recognized that psychology of people may involve both an implicit theory of interpersonal warmness and the personality trait of warmness. Just as the trait of dominance depends on the relative strengths of interactants, so may perceivers expect the trait of warmness to derive its meaning from an interpersonal context. Elements of the warm-cold schema, specifically giver-output, giver-resistance, receiver-input, and receiver-resistance, were investigated to test the hypotheses that low resistances on the part of the giver, the receiver, and their relationship would be associated with higher warmness judgments, and that high giver-output, high receiver-input, and relationship potential would correspond to higher warmness judgments. College students (N=48) rated the warmness of the giver, the receiver, and their relationship after twice reading each variation of a brief story. Results supported both hypotheses. Resistance varied inversely with warmness; output and input varied directly with warmness. (Author/HLM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association (51st, Hartford, CT, April 9-12, 1980).