Sullivan's Interpersonal Theory
Published Online: 30 JAN 2010
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Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology
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Enfield, R. E. 2010. Sullivan's Interpersonal Theory. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–2.
- Published Online: 30 JAN 2010
Interpersonal theory is a theory of interpersonal relations developed, largely in the 1930s and 1940s, by Harry Stack Sullivan, an American psychiatrist, who died before his major works were published. Interpersonal theory emphasizes the social nature of the human condition and defines psychiatry, personality, mental illness, and key assessment and treatment concepts in interpersonal rather than intrapsychic terms.
- humanistic psychology;
- personality theories;
- social influence theory