1st Edition

Coping with Lack of Control in a Social World

    254 Pages
    by Routledge

    254 Pages
    by Routledge

    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.

    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


    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.

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