Psychology Chapter 9

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Unformatted text preview: Click to edit Master subtitle style Psychology for Life and Work Chapter 9 Social Psychology Click icon to add picture S o ci al P s Social action, no less than physical Objective Evaluate the influence of other people and of social situations on individual behavior. The Importance of Social Situations The actions and feelings of people are often determined by the social situation they are in at the time Predicting how a social situation will affect an individual is one of the goals of social psychology The Importance of Social Situations Allport defines social psychology as the branch of psychology that tries to understand and explain how the thoughts, feelings, and behavior of individuals are influenced by the actual, imagined, or implied presence of others Step 1: An action takes place Step 2: The action is interpreted in the context of the social circumstance of where it happened The Importance of Social Situations Interpretation of the situation can be highly influenced by the feelings and statements of other people The views of others often have significant impact on how someone interprets a situation and thus, how they feel about it The Importance of Social Situations In 1945 Lewin advocated that social psychology could be both theoretical and useful in the real world to address complex social problems like prejudice Lewin believed that studying the effect of groups on individuals could be used to affect social change in a positive way Learning how people think and react could be the Interpersonal Relations Interpersonal relationships form the foundations of human interaction Vary in intensity and intimacy, from casual acquaintances to parental relationships to physically and emotionally intimate involvements The factors that encourage and facilitate interpersonal relationships are a combination of physical and psychological interactions Attraction Levinger believed that relationships could be described in terms of their stages of development ABCDE model of relationship development At each phase, positive and negative factors influence the continuation or deterioration of the relationship Attraction 1. Attraction can result from people being in propinquity , or physical proximity, with others Acquaintance and repeated exposure to people can stimulate feelings of attraction Physical attractiveness is a major element of attraction Similarity to ones self increases the perception of Attraction 2. Building a relationship When individuals are mutually attracted to one...
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