About the book
Developing and maintain interpersonal and intergroup relationships are essential in human social interaction, and increasingly become a part of social intelligence for human beings to succeed in societies. The knowledge about how to wisely maintain and strategically develop interpersonal relationships is a continuing topic for educators, parents, policymakers, business partners, health counselors, and so on.
In this volume, we are open to many topics that address interpersonal relationships, spanning from psychological mechanisms underlying building interpersonal relationships at individual levels to maintaining interpersonal networks at society levels. What challenges are people facing in interpersonal relationships during the COVID-19 pandemics? How do virtual communication (e.g. Wechat etc.) and social distancing affect interpersonal relationships? What are the structures underlying interpersonal or intergroup relationships across different contexts, such as friendships, romantic relationships, family relationships, religious relationships, and relationships in and across organizations, communities, and groups? What are the prerequisites for children and adolescents to develop interpersonal relationships with others? Can such skills be trained? What is the (neuro)cognitive impact of processes of interpersonal relationships in professionals dealing with persons, such as psychological counselors, doctors, professors, lawyers, etc? What factors block the group outsiders from building relationships with group members? How are the elderly maintaining interpersonal relationships and how does aging affect such a process? What are the pathological relationships and what are their underlying psychological consequences and impacts on the psychiatric status? How are interpersonal relationships communicated and perceived by others? How do human beings build relationships with nonhuman existing such as animals and machines? How do interpersonal relationships affect one's cognitive processes, such as language comprehension, attention, and executive functions? Do processes related to interpersonal relationships suffer from individual differences and cultural differences? What are the links between interpersonal relationships and arts?
In this book, we intend to provide the reader with a novel and interdisciplinary overview of the state-of-the-art research in interpersonal relationships, featuring empirical reports, case studies, meta-analysis, systematic reviews, perspectives from scholars with a variety of expertise, ranging from psychology, communication science, neuroscience, linguistics, computational science, health science, sociology, philosophy, and arts.