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Role-Taking in Interpersonal Conflicts

In our interpersonal conflict research we investigate explanations for stereotypical and dysfunctional conflict perceptions and consequential behavior like diminished or destructive communication and the refusal to cooperate.

For this ends we make use of a role-theoretical approach. Like many social situations interpersonal conflicts have a prototypical interpersonal structure which can be found in each in every conflict. This structure consists of a finite set of positions, which can be taken by involved actors. The associations an actor ties to a certain position are defined as the social role.

Role-taking is the activation of these associations, making them salient and causing role-consistent experience and behavior. We also offer bachelor and master thesis topics in this field of research, which can focus on applied topics as well as on basic mechanisms.



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