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Coping with Lack of Control in a Social World

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Edited by Marcin Bukowski, Immo Fritsche, Ana Guinote, Mirosław Kofta


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Coping with Lack of Control in a Social World offers an integrated view of cutting-edge research on the effects of control deprivation on social cognition. The book integrates multi-method research demonstrating how various types of control deprivation, related not only to experimental settings but also to real life situations of helplessness, can lead to variety of cognitive and emotional coping strategies at the social cognitive level. The comprehensive analyses in this book tackle issues such as:

  • Cognitive, emotional and socio-behavioral reactions to threats to personal control
  • How social factors aid in coping with a sense of lost or threatened control
  • Relating uncontrollability to powerlessness and intergroup processes
  • How lack of control experiences can influence basic and complex cognitive processes

This book integrates various strands of research that have not yet been presented together in an innovative volume that addresses the issue of reactions to control loss in a socio-psychological context. Its focus on coping as an active way of confronting a sense of uncontrollability makes this a unique, and highly original, contribution to the field. Practicing psychologists and students of psychology will be particularly interested readers.

Table of Contents

Coping with Lack of Control in a Social World: An Introduction

Marcin Bukowski, Immo Fritsche, Ana Guinote and Mirosław Kofta

Part 1: Cognitive, Emotional and Socio-behavioral Reactions to Uncontrollability

Chapter 1. From Coping to Helplessness: Effects of Control Deprivation on Cognitive and Affective Processes

Marcin Bukowski and Mirosław Kofta

Chapter 2. The Motivation for Control: Loss of Control Promotes Energy, Effort, and Action

Katharine H. Greenaway, Michael C. Philipp and Katherine R. Storrs

Chapter 3."Ironic" Effects of Need for Closure on Closed-minded Processing Mode: The Role of Perceived Control over Reducing Uncertainty

Małgorzata Kossowska, Marcin Bukowski and Sindhuja Sankaran

Chapter 4. Uncontrollability in the Classroom: The Intellectual Helplessness Perspective

Klara Rydzewska, Marzena Rusanowska, Izabela Krejtz and Grzegorz Sedek

Part 2: Socially Grounded Responses to Perceived Lack of Control: From Compensation to Active Coping

Chapter 5. Compensatory Control Theory and the Psychological Importance of Perceiving Order

Bastiaan T. Rutjens and Aaron C. Kay

Chapter 6. Perceived Uncontrollability as a Coping Resource: The Control-serving Function of Enemies and Uncertainty

Daniel Sullivan and Sheridan A. Stewart

Chapter 7. Giving in and Giving Up: Accommodation and Fatalistic Withdrawal as Alternatives to Primary Control Restoration

Joseph Hayes, Mike Prentice and Ian McGregor

Chapter 8. Extending Control Perceptions to the Social Self: Ingroups Serve the Restoration of Control

Janine Stollberg, Immo Fritsche, Markus Barth and Philipp Jugert

Chapter 9. Coping with Identity Threats to Group Agency as well as Group Value: Explicit and Implicit Routes to Resistance

Soledad de Lemus, Russell Spears, Jolien van Breen and Maïka Telga

Part 3: Uncontrollability, Powerlessness and Intergroup Cognition

Chapter 10. Thinking Up and Talking Up: Restoring Control through Mindreading

Susan T. Fiske, Dan L. Ames, Jillian K. Swencionis and Cydney H. Dupree

Chapter 11. Accentuation of Tending and Befriending Among the Powerless

Ana Guinote and Joris Lammers

Chapter 12. The Emotional Side of Power(lessness)

Katerina Petkanopoulou, Guillermo B. Willis and Rosa Rodríguez-Bailón

Chapter 13. Uncontrollability, Reactance, and Power: Power as a Resource to Regain Control after Freedom Threats

Christina Steindl, Eva Jonas and Sandra Sittenthaler

About the Editors

Marcin Bukowski, Lecturer and Researcher, Institute of Psychology, Jagiellonian University, Poland.

Immo Fritsche, Professor of Psychology, Leipzig University, Germany.

Ana Guinote, Professor of Psychology, University College London, UK.

Miroslaw Kofta, Professor of Psychology, University of Warsaw, Poland.

About the Series

Current Issues in Social Psychology

Current Issues in Social Psychology is a series of edited books that reflect the state of current and emerging topics of interest in social psychology.

Each volume makes a conceptual contribution to the topic by reviewing or synthesizing the existing research literature, by advancing theory in the area, or by some combination of these missions. The books are tightly focused on a particular topic and consists of seven to ten chapters contributed by international experts. The editors of individual volumes are leading figures in their areas and provide an introductory overview.

The series is useful reading for students, academics, and researchers of social psychology and related disciplines. Example topics include: self-esteem, mindfulness, evolutionary social psychology, minority groups, social neuroscience, cyberbullying and social stigma.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Cognitive Psychology
PSYCHOLOGY / Industrial & Organizational Psychology
PSYCHOLOGY / Social Psychology