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Social psych - Social psych 14:06 Mental health What does a...

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Unformatted text preview: Social psych 14:06 Mental health What does a mentally healthy person look like o Close contact with reality o Accurate perceptions of reality o What the individual sees corresponds with whats actually there Social cognition, stress, and coping Taylor proposed that maybe we dont have an accurate view of ourselves o Illusions and well being Most of us walk around each day with illusions about ourselves How good we are How much control we have The future These illusions are adaptive and help us achieve well being Self evaluation Positive traits are used more then negative traits Positive information about self and successes are more efficiently processed and recalled Self serving bias for causal attributions Internal vs. external attributions Talents are unique, weaknesses are common o Better than average effect Self ratings are way higher than ratings of peers o Sense of personal control Integral to most theories of self esteem and well being Dice rolling Soft/hard as if there was some element of control o Risk assessment How likely is it that ____ will happen to you/your peers People give <% to themselves than there peers o These illusions boost mood and social relationships They make you happy Happy people rock the shit Illusions and Men at risk for AIDS 550 gay and bisexual men o 238 HIV+, 312 HIV- AIDS specific optimism o I feel safe because I have developed an immunity o I think my immune system is better than other gay men HIV+ men were more likely to indorse those statements They did not have risky sex with the optimism The more negative your expectations are, the more onset your symptoms become Realistic expectations o Diagnosed With aids for at least a year o The men who had no illusions of living long didnt Giving up kills Self enhancers People who boost themselves have lower cardiovascular variations and lower baseline cortisol levels o Low self esteem = higher stress levels and lower immunity Cultural variations in optimistic and pessimistic bias. East vs. West European Americans believe that negative events are way more likely to happen to others Japanese people believed both positive and negative things are more likely to happen to others Pan cultural self-enhancement Some traits are more individualistic (self reliant) and some more group related (loyal) o If its valued in your culture it will be self enhanced Chinese born Canadians Randomly chosen to write in Chinese or English English Chinese writers had higher self esteem Chinese in Hong Kong...
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