The complexity of advice-giving

Yair Neuman, Norbert Marwan, Danny Livshitz

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Abstract

Advice-giving about personal problems is a common form of human interaction. However, an open question is whether there is an abstract and general logic that explains how advice-giving works. In this study, we addressed this question from the perspective of dynamical systems. We measured the nonlinear dynamics of advice-giving by using recurrence quantification analysis. Analyzing 600 texts of request for advice and the advice given, our results uncover a typical logic of advice-giving, and suggest that advice-giving may be understood as a dynamic manipulation of perspective-taking.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)28-30
Number of pages3
JournalComplexity
Volume15
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2009

Keywords

  • Advice-giving
  • Complexity and social sciences/psychology
  • Nonlinear dynamics
  • Perspective-taking
  • Recurrence quantification analysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General

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