Complaining, Teasing and Other Annoying Behaviors Robin M. Kowalski

Publication date:
01 Aug 2003
208 pages: 210 x 148 x 19mm

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Everyone has teased, nagged, betrayed, or lied to another person. Likewise, everyone has been the unfortunate object of such unpleasant behaviour. In this volume, social psychologist Robin Kowalski examines the intricacies of six annoying interpersonal types of behaviour: complaining, teasing, breaches of propriety, worry and reassurance-seeking, lying, and betrayal. She considers the functions of this behaviour, the types of people who are inclined to do them, the consequences for victims and perpetrators, and the ways in which such behaviour might be curtailed. "Complaining, Teasing, and Other Annoying Behaviors" provides a multifaceted picture of common annoying types of behaviour. The book answers these questions and many others: Why do people tease?; What are the consequences of annoying behavior for the people involved?; Is there a positive side to irritating behaviour?; Are people more likely to lie to those close to them or to strangers?; Do excuses and apologies diminish the hurtful effect of unpleasant behaviour?; and what is the relation of gender and culture to specific annoying acts?

Robin M. Kowalski is professor of psychology at Clemson University. An expert in the field of interpersonal behaviour and social anxiety, she has published five books and numerous articles on these topics. Interest in her research on complaining has been widespread, leading to radio, television, and newspaper interviews around the world. She has appeared on the Today Show, and articles on her research have been published in Health, Allure, Family Circle, Reader's Digest, and many other magazines.

"A recognized expert of research on complaining and teasing, Kowalski offers an excellent review of annoying behaviour and the people who engage in it." James Shepperd, University of Florida