social psych (3-5-09)

social psych (3-5-09) - Abie Feuerstein March 5, 2009...

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Abie Feuerstein March 5, 2009 Social psych Consistency Principle People want to have their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors be consistent with one another o E.g. we want our behavior to match our beliefs o Inconsistency motivates us to change something (types of inconsistency: when you do things that goes against your beliefs; that you know is wrong; clash against self-image) Balance Theory People are motivated to o Agree with people we like Associate good things with good people o Disagree with people we dislike Associate bad things with bad people When this balance is disrupted we’re motivated to restore it o EX: Rhoda is strongly pro-choice, Mary is strongly pro-life, Rhoda considers Mary her best friend Rhoda + abortion Rhoda + Mary Mary – abortion *when you multiply variances (++- ) and you end up with negative, it is unbalanced…so something has to change Cognitive Dissonance Theory Perceived inconsistency between attitudes and behaviors causes dissonance o An unpleasant state of psychological tension (uncomfortable feelings in one’s
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This note was uploaded on 03/02/2011 for the course PSY 350 taught by Professor Garygroth during the Spring '09 term at ASU.

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