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Masquerades in Search of Grace

By C. R. Snyder, Raymond L. Higgins and Rita J. Stucky

Paperback, 359 pages £35.00
Published: 2005
ISBN: 9780975273814
Format: 235mm x 167mm
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Subjects: Eliot Werner Publications, Psychology
Series: EWP Foundations of Psychology

'In the two decades since this book was first published, excuse making has flourished—both as a practice and as a process inviting investigation and theory. Indeed, how could it be otherwise?' So write the authors in their new introduction. But they also maintain that excuse making is a critical element in what social psychologists refer to as 'reality negotiation.' Originally published by John Wiley in 1983.

Introduction to the Percheron Press Edition

1. Browsing Through the Excuses Costume Shop

2. The Philosophical Backdrop to the Excuse Masquerade

3. Theory of Excuses: Positive Images for Adults and Others

4. Retrospective Excuses: Masquerades for the Past

5. Anticipatory Excuses: Masquerades for the Future

6. The Excuse-Making Actors: Individual Differences in Locus of Control

7. The Development of Excuse-Making

8. Excuses Gone Awry

9. Interventions for Excuses

10. The Value of Excuse-Making


Author Index

Subject Index

'Illuminating the strategies that prop up favorable views of self, this book is even more relevant today than when it was first published.' (Roy F. Baumeister, Florida State University)

'Excuse making is forever with us and this book still is our best guide to understanding it.' (Sharon Stephens Brehm, Indiana University)

'A true classic.  It belongs on the bookshelf of anyone who wants to fully understand the subtleties of interpersonal communication.' (Robert B. Cialdani, Arizona State University)

'The best analysis of the tendency to shift blame to others.  Its style, consistency, comprehensiveness, and theoretical insights are unmatched.' (Donelson R. Forsyth, Virginia Commonwealth University)

'It is great to see this classic get a fresh face.  I highly recommend it.' (Everett L. Worthington, Virginia Commonwealth University)

C. R. Snyder, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas

Raymond L. Higgins, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas

Rita J. Stucky, Private Practice, Lawrence, Kansas

Publication Details:

 Paperback , 359 pages
 235mm x 167mm

BIC Code:
 Eliot Werner Publications


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