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A Facet-Analytical Approach of Interpersonal Behavior


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Centrum voor Psychodiagnostiek Tiensestraat 102 3000 Leuven, BE
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The final solution of Foa’s facet structure of interpersonal behavior came to a dead end, because several authors have represented the facet structure in their own manner, which is not in accordance with Foa’s. One of the reasons for this unclarity of Foa’s facet structure is the rather strange definition of the second facet: The object of behavior (the other - the self), which is not a behavioral, bit more a perceptual differentiation. Also, his eight behavioral types are misleading in their definition. A solution for these problems will be to re-analyse the facet stricture of interpersonal behavior. Starting-points for this are the psychopathological theories, the theory of Erikson in particular. A new facet structure is proposed and empirical support is given.

How to Cite: Vertommen, H., 1979. A Facet-Analytical Approach of Interpersonal Behavior. Psychologica Belgica, 19(2), pp.209–218. DOI:
Published on 01 Jan 1979.
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