ERIC Number: ED263464
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Aug
The Psychometricization of Sigfluence.
Loase, John Frederick
The English language lacks a word that means long-term interpersonal influence of one person toward another. This failing likely conditions people to be superficial in their thinking, and consequently in their behavior. A new term, sigfluence, has been coined to define positive, long-term, significant, impactful, interpersonal influence. One of the fundamental motives underlying human behavior is speculated to be sigfluence. Anecdotal and research evidence supports the development of the construct sigfluence, an interdisciplinary construct which embraces statistics, psychology, sociology, education, philosophy, and theology. Development of the concept of sigfluence should be a four-stage process: (1) an analysis of the validity and reliability of the perception of sigfluence; (2) an attempt to demonstrate the reliability and validity of the construct sigfluence; (3) a demonstration that sigfluence is not a personality factor, value, or interest, but is a fundamental need which all persons possess; and (4) the development of an interpersonal model of sigfluence appropriate for clinical, business, or educational application. Future research about the concept of sigfluence will complement applications of the concept to the educational, political, and business communities. (Author/NRB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference on Thinking (Cambridge, MA, August 19-23, 1984).