Lecture 7 - Jan 25th

Lecture 7 - Jan 25th - 215 Jan 25th 2011 Chapter 3 The...

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Chapter 3: The Social Self Development of Social Self - if I think that I can attain certain goals, then I will not be let down when someone else does really well at it - if someone else does really well at something (grades) and I don’t think I can do as well as my sister, i will feel worse about myself - Experiment: - to a class they describe this superstar who got scholarships and research opportunities and later got the nobel prize; - if you are a Frst year student hearing about this person you feel really good thinking “OI chose to go to the school that produces superstars”; this person’s accomplishments do not make you feel bad because you can still attain that - when students in 4th year hear about this they feel really bad about themselves because it is now clear that they will not be that superstar Strategic Recall - Autobiographical Memory - selective memory of the past - the past is remember as if it were a drama in which the self was the leading player - when I go back and look at what I remember, I will only pick out the good things about myself which will help me enhance my self esteem Recollection of Grades in High school - the majority of people accurately recall their A’s, B’s less recalled, etc - when we make errors we are embellishing our pat Thought Suppression - if we are trying not to think about something, it increasing the probability that we will think about it - the more we try to supress the more difFcult it becomes over time and the more likely we will think about it (ex. nose in your tea) - PAIN EXPERIMENT - people have different orietnations to pain, women and main experience differently Ironic Processes - Wegner (1994): sometimes the harder we try to inhibit a thought, feeling, or behavior, the less likley we are to succeed - effort of control is joined by a worry of failure to control - when trying not to think of something we are getting it out of consciousness but because we are pushing it out actively it is just below consciousness so it often pops up - observed in a wide range of behaviors STUDY: 215: Jan 25th, 2011
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- tell people they are participating in a thought booklet so they must write down their thoughts and if they think about the procedure write it down but try not to think about it - we want to see if high cat have more problems with this - one condition: suppress thoughts - two condition: write down what goes through the mind but not asked to not think about procedure - independent variable: - something we are not manipulating: subject variable
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