I am a social psychologist with interests in emotion in close relationships and the workplace. My research has focused on people's experiences of, and beliefs about, emotions in romantic and family relationships; emotional intelligence; and the psychology of revenge and forgiveness in close relationships. I am also interested in power dynamics and the expression of emotions such as anger and contempt in the workplace.
- Aggression, Conflict, Peace
- Emotion, Mood, Affect
- Interpersonal Processes
- Organizational Behavior
- Sterelny, K., & Fitness, J. (Eds.). (2003). From mating to mentality: Evaluating evolutionary psychology (Macquarie Monographs in Cognitive Science Series). Hove, UK: Psychology Press.
- Forgas, J. P., & Fitness, J. (Eds.). (2008). Social relationships: Cognitive, affective and motivational processes. New York: Psychology Press.
- Fletcher, G. J. O., & Fitness, J. (Eds.). (1996). Knowledge structures in close relationships: A social psychological approach. Hillsdale, NJ: Erlbaum.
- Planalp, S., & Fitness, J. (1999). Thinking/feeling about social and personal relationships. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 16(6), 731-750.
- Lawson-Williams, H., & Fitness, J. (2000). Values, emotions, and organizational decision-making. International Journal of Psychology, 35(3-4), 94.
- Case, T., Fitness, J., Cairns, D., & Stevenson, R. (2004). Coping with uncertainty: Superstitious strategies and secondary control. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 34, 848-871.
- Case, T., Roberts, R., & Fitness, J. (2001). The superstitious person: Personality, intelligence, and belief in the paranormal. Australian Journal of Psychology, S53, 111.
- Fitness, J., & Case, T. (2001). Revenge and forgiveness in marriage. Australian Journal of Psychology, S53, 114.
- Fitness, J. (2000). Anger in the workplace: An emotion script approach to anger episodes between workers and their superiors, co-workers, and subordinates. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 21, 147-162.
- Clark, M., Fitness, J., & Brissette, I. (2001). Understanding people’s perceptions of their relationships is crucial to understanding their emotional lives. In G. J. O. Fletcher & M. Clark (Eds.), Blackwell handbook of social psychology (Vol. 2: Interpersonal processes, pp. 253-278). London: Blackwell Publishers.
- Fitness, J. (2001). Betrayal, rejection, revenge and forgiveness: An interpersonal script approach. In M. Leary (Ed.), Interpersonal rejection (pp. 73-103). New York: Oxford University Press.
- Fitness, J., & Duffield, J. (2004). Emotion communication in families. In A. Vangelisti (Ed.), Handbook of family communication (pp. 473-494). Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.
- Fitness, J. (2005). Bye bye, black sheep: The causes and consequences of rejection in family relationships. In K. Williams, J. Forgas, & W. von Hippel (Eds.), The social outcast: Ostracism, social exclusion, rejection, and bullying (pp. 445-468). Hove, UK: Psychology Press.
- Fitness, J., Fletcher, G. J. O., & Overall, N. (2003). Interpersonal attraction and intimate relationships. In M. A. Hogg & J. Cooper (Eds.), The Sage handbook of social psychology. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
- Planalp, S., Fitness, J., & Fehr, B. (2005). Emotion and relationship theories. In A. Vangelisti & D. Perlman (Eds.), Cambridge Handbook of Personal Relationships. New York: Cambridge University Press.
- Fitness, J. (2006). Emotional intelligence in intimate relationships. In J. Ciarrochi, J. Forgas, & J. Mayer (Eds.), Emotional intelligence in everyday life (2nd ed.). New York: Psychology Press.
- Emotion and Social Motivation
- Social Psychology II: Relationships
Department of Psychology
New South Wales 2109
- Phone: (02) 9850-8015
- Fax: (02) 9850-8062