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Social Psychology Introduction to Social Intrapersonal
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Social Psychology “The study of how the thoughts, feelings, and behaviors of an individual are influenced by the actual, imagined, or implied presence or actions of another individual or group of individuals.” –Gordon Allport Focuses of social influence of the individual
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Levels of Social Psychology Intrapersonal Existing or occurring within the individual self or mind. Self concept, attributions, attitudes, cognitive dissonance Interpersonal Existing or occurring between individuals Social influence, relations with others, group dynamic
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Self-Concept “Sum of beliefs that people have about themselves” Social Comparison Theory (Festinger, 1954) Posits that we evaluate our opinions/abilities by comparing ourselves to other around us Upward comparison: Compare oneself to those in a “better off” position Downward comparison: Compare oneself to hose in a “worse off” position Why do we make these comparisons?
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