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CH 15 lecture - Soc2 Self and Society Social Psychology and...

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Soc2: Self and Society November 24, 2009 Social Psychology and Health: The Mind-Body Connection I) Questions for Social pSychologist Improve or judgements or predictions about others Depressions How might these maladaptive though patterns be reversed? What part do close, supportive relationships play in health and happiness? B) An Ultimate Stressor: depression Stress- the negative feelings and beliefs that arise whenever people feel unable to cope with demands from their environment C) Social Psychology 2002 David Meyers Depression and Other Diseases, social conditions and perceived control Perceived control- feeling in change The belief that more control, better psychological adjustment Breast cancer victims Higher rate of survival Nursing home residents Langer and Rodin 1976 control over films to attend, the arrangement of rooms, responsibility over pets and house plants Kiburi: elders need control over circumstances influencing and their romantic and sex lives Happier people D) Social cognition and depression Social psychology’s most intriguing frontier concerns cognitive processes. Depressive behavior Negative thinking Feelings of worthless
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Feeling lethargic Uninterested in friends and family Unable to sleep or eat normally Difficult in demonstrating resilience Resilience- mild transient reactions to stressful event, followed by a quick return to normal, healthy functioning. Although life’s traumas can be painful, many people have the resources to recover quickly. E) Distortion or Realism Allow and Abramson (1979) Found depressed students were quite accurate in estimating their degree of control Depressive realism “sadder but wiser effect”- the tendency of mildly depressed people to make accurate rather than self serving judgments, attributions F) Normal versus depressed Normal- exaggerates competency Past with rosy glow Primarily positive
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