Risk surrounds and envelopes us. Without understanding it, we risk everything and without capitalising on it, we gain nothing. This accessible book from Glynis M. Breakwell, first published in 2007, comprehensively explores the psychology of risk, examining how individuals think, feel and act, as well as considering the institutional and societal assessments, rhetorics and reactions about risk. Featuring chapters on all the major issues in the psychology of risk including risk assessment, hazard perception, decision-making, risk and crisis management, risk and emotion, risk communication, safety cultures, the social amplification and social representation of risk and mechanisms for changing risk responses, Breakwell uses illustrations and examples to bring to life the significance of her research findings. She provides an innovative overview of current knowledge on the subject but also suggests that there are many fascinating questions still to be answered.
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A 2007 overview of the psychology of risk with chapters covering risk assessment, hazard perception, decision-making and risk and crisis management. Will appeal to students with an interest in the latest methods of risk analysis.About the Author:
Glynis M. Breakwell is Vice-Chancellor of the University of Bath. She is a psychologist specialising in leadership, identity processes, risk communication and military cultures and her research has resulted in her acting as an advisor to a number of government departments including the Department of Health, the Department of Trade and Industry and the Ministry of Defence. Professor Breakwell has published over twenty books and hundreds of journal articles.
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