3Social Decentering, Relationship-Specific Social Decentering (RSSD), and Interpersonal Relationships

One of the significant reasons for using social decentering presented in Chapter 1 was to achieve our social goals. Social decentering and relationship-specific social decentering (RSSD) are tools people use to manage their relationships and meet personal goals. The ability to socially decenter enhances individuals’ abilities to select and adapt communication strategies that help them successfully attain their social goals, such as increased relational intimacy. Consider the most egocentric person you have known, someone lacking sensitivity to others – like Sheldon of Bing Bang Theory. Perhaps you have noticed that person has difficulty in forming ...

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