Accession Number : AD0429743

Title :   THREAT PERCEPTION, TRUST AND RESPONSIVENESS IN INTERNATIONAL BEHAVIOR,

Corporate Author : DELAWARE UNIV NEWARK

Personal Author(s) : Pruitt,Dean G.

Report Date : 09 JAN 1964

Pagination or Media Count : 103

Abstract : Certain aspects of international behavior can be attributed to the images of other nations held by individual people. Three kinds of image are particularly important: threat perception, distrust (together with its opposite, trust) and responsiveness. Threat perception leads to the adoption of defensive tactics and also produces psychological tensions that may impair the quality of national problem solving. Distrust is a more basic perception of another nation and may underlie threat perception in addition to producing such phenomena as a tendency to blame the other nation for all misfortunes and to fail to analyze the motives of its leaders. Level of responsiveness is negatively correlated with the harshness of tactics recommended for dealing with another nation and positively related to the likelihood of seeing middle ground in negotiations with that nation. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*POLITICAL SCIENCE, ATTITUDES(PSYCHOLOGY)), (*PERCEPTION, POLITICAL SCIENCE), DECISION MAKING, REASONING, PUBLIC OPINION, BEHAVIOR, GROUP DYNAMICS, FOREIGN POLICY, COLD WAR

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE