Posted on January 21, 2014

Impact of Mood on Decision Making

  During our media of The Company (Laureate, 2011) this week, Karen appears to be suffering multiple personality disorder as she is friendly, supportive, and even flirty one day, whereas the next she is distracted, ill-tempered, and inhospitable.  What accounts for these significant mood swings? Affect There are a number of emotional reasons available to … Continue reading

Emotion and Social Cognition

  The literature indicates that affect plays an important role in our lives such that it directly and indirectly influences decision-making, judgments, relationships, and cognition (Keltner & Lerner, 2010).  Further, affect is expressed in a variety of ways including through body language, nonverbal vocalizations, as well as verbally, which can unconsciously alter our interpersonal relationships … Continue reading

Male and Female Leadership

  Female Leader Two effective leadership characteristics evidenced by my female leader are strong interpersonal skills and goal-oriented.  These characteristics are important for effective leadership in general and not dependent upon gender.  According to Eagly (2007) the most effective leadership styles are transformational and transactional (contingent rewarding).  Further, Eagly and Chin (2010) note that women … Continue reading

Gender Role Expectations

  My father has been a lifelong role model as a father to me and as a husband to my mother.  My father was always the primary wage earner.  Ironically, my childhood was between 1969 and 1987; however, according to Eagly (2009) “men, more often than women are still the main family provider” (p. 648) … Continue reading

Inter- and Intradependent Cultural Perspectives

  Independent Cultural Perspective The independent or individualistic cultural perspective refers to the idea that the individual is the focal point of their self-concept and their social relationships.  “When an independent schema of self organizes behavior, the primary referent is the individual’s own thoughts, feelings, and actions… These interactions are guided by culturally prescribed tasks … Continue reading