Corresponding Author Information: Lia K. Rosenstein

Session Abstract: BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Impairment in interpersonal functioning plays a central role in personality and general psychosocial functioning.  An array of measures exists to assess aspects of interpersonal functioning and much of the literature has focused on individual differences in problematic interpersonal behaviors enacted by the individual being assessed (e.g., the Inventory of Interpersonal Problems' Circumplex Scales, IIP-C).  There is utility in extending assessment beyond an individual's interpersonal behavior to their interpersonal perception of others (e.g., Hopwood et al., 2019; Halberstadt & Pincus, 2020; Pincus et al., 2020).  The Interpersonal Sensitivities Circumplex (ISC; Hopwood et al., 2011) captures the sensitivities an individual has to others' behaviors (i.e., interpersonal behaviors of others that are bothersome to the respondent, also referred to as social allergens) and highlights a nuance unique to interpersonal assessment.  A majority of the literature mapping constructs of interest onto interpersonal circumplex measures focuses on associations with the self's problematic behaviors (e.g. IIP-C). However, it would be presumptuous to assume that these associations are parallel for the ISC.  Therefore, the present review aims to provide an up to date review and summary of the existing literature utilizing the ISC, including the placement of relevant external constructs of interest on the ISC surface.

METHODS: A literature search was conducted, including peer reviewed articles that utilized the ISC. A total of 14 articles were identified, presenting associations between interpersonal sensitivities and variables such as normal and pathological personality traits, rejection sensitivity, temperament, and DSM-5 AMPD Criterion A.

RESULTS/CONCLUSIONS: Comparisons of these associations with the ISC and other interpersonal circumplex measures are summarized and implications for multi-surface interpersonal assessment (MSIA; Dawood & Pincus, 2016) and future research are discussed.


Lia K. Rosenstein | Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA

Aaron L. Pincus | Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA

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