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Articles

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Perplexed and Circumplexed: The Structure of Social behavior in a Political World — September 26, 1997

This article posits some Issues needing to be clarified to increase the explanatory and predictive value of circumplex models of social behavior.

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The Desirability of Social Desirability: More than a Response Set, Response Style, or Disposition? — September 26, 1997

This article describes some of the more significant denotations of social desirability and discusses the construct as boon or bane for political psychological researchers.

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The Political Psychology of Deception Research II — September 26, 1997

A previous IBPP article (V. 2, No. 9, "The Political Psychology of Deception Research" described some of the complexities in assessing how psychological assessment instruments are vulnerable to deception--e.g., the purposeful "faking bad" of test takers. That article focused on some ethical Issues of deception research and the concept of the social transformation of knowledge that threatens reliability and validity of assessment instruments through time. The present article focuses on a methodological consideration in documenting the threat of deception to psychological assessment.

Trends

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Trends. Globalization as a Projective Stimulus — September 27, 1997

The author discusses how the political psychology of individuals, groups, organizations, and other entities change in an era of globalization.

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Trends. Libya, Iraq, and Sanctions-Busting through Common Decency — September 26, 1997

The author discusses UN placed sanctions against Libya related to the 1988 bombing of a Pan Am aircraft in flight in which 270 people died.