Show Summary Details
Page of

(p. 66) The Interpersonal Management of Difficult Behavior 

(p. 66) The Interpersonal Management of Difficult Behavior
Chapter:
(p. 66) The Interpersonal Management of Difficult Behavior
Author(s):

Laurence J. Alison

, Emily K. Alison

, Frances Surmon-Böhr

, and Neil D. Shortland

DOI:
10.1093/med-psych/9780197545959.003.0004
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY ONLINE (www.oxfordclinicalpsych.com). © Oxford University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a title in Oxford Clinical Psychology Online for personal use (for details see Privacy Policy and Legal Notice).

date: 25 January 2021

This chapter discusses the ORBIT approach to managing difficult interpersonal behavior. It outlines the history and evolution of theories of interpersonal relating, which informed the ORBIT interpersonal circumplex. The ORBIT circumplex organizes behaviors across two axes: the power axis (ranging from controlling to capitulating behaviors) and the intimacy axis (ranging from cooperative to confrontational behaviors). The model consists of eight octants of behavior based on combinations of these two axes (e.g., controlling, controlling–cooperative, controlling–confrontational). The chapter includes the ORBIT coding framework for identifying each of these groups of behavior and their adaptive and maladaptive variants. Real-world examples of interrogations with convicted terrorist Anders Breivik and Parkland School shooter Nikolas Cruz are used to highlight the complexities of different suspect behaviors and how they would be assessed using the ORBIT interpersonal wheels.

Access to the complete content on Oxford Clinical Psychology requires a subscription or purchase. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter without a subscription.

Please subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code.

For questions on access or troubleshooting, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.