The article written by Kenneth J. Gergen was interesting, but a little difficult to comprehend at first. It seems as though the question remains is that whether or not social psychology really is considered a science or just another way of analyzing and understanding human behavior and social interaction among people. It seems as though social psychology is constantly changing and that although the same methods are used often, the results vary each time over a span of several years or even decades. The way people interact with each other has changed dramatically over the years. The way men and women perceive one another have also greatly changed over the years. Many people believe that psychology as a whole is a primary focus on the individual. It seems that he wants people, in that I mean other psychologists, shouldn’t put so much emphasis on people’s behavior given the status quo, but they should look further into how our society might be altered in order to make that person’s life more enjoyable. I believe that regardless of what area of psychology you are involved in, it is important to look at all sides and environments of the person’s life, not just use the scientific methods we are sworn to know and use as a form of treatment. It seems as though he is arguing the fact that social psychology is in fact not a science entirely, but an inquiry of sorts that illustrates how human behavior has changed over time and that not one scientific method can be used or reused to indicate that all of our social behaviors and how we interact with one another are one and the same. I really thought a lot about one of Gergen’s statements he made that truly had me thinking about the role of social psychology as a whole and the purpose it has as its own branch of psychological science. He stated that, “It is the rare social psychologist whose values do not influence the subject of his research, his methods of observation, or the terms of description. (Gergen, 1973, p.311). But, don’t our values sometimes guide us into making decisions about ourselves and other people? Doesn’t it guide us as to how we live our lives and view ourselves every day? Our values can sometimes be biased and it is hard to put our values aside and look at the whole picture without already assuming we know the causes of the problem. We are human beings and our values do guide us as to how we can relate to one another and how we perceive one another and sometimes we based our values to whether that person is good enough to be part of our lives. I agree with his statement how rare it can truly be for a social psychologist or any psychologist for that matter to not let his or her values guide their research and how they treat their patients. What I think somewhat relates to Gergen’s thinking in his article is about how we should study social psychology in a historical approach instead of it just being pure scientific is by studying cultures in the way of cross-cultural research. As I saw in the Seventh Edition of Social Psychology, it states that many of the findings for social psychology are culture-dependent, not mainly based on scientific data. Cultures are universal in a sense that we all are a part of our own culture. There is not one culture that is one and the same. They each bring their own element as to how people live and interact with one…
Social Psychology Paper
Kelli R. Sumpter
January 19, 2014
University of Phoenix
Social Psychology Paper
Social psychology is knowledge to have. This knowledge can explain why people behave the way they do in different settings such as social settings, work settings, and home settings. When using this knowledge to look into teenagers actions, it can explain actions in adolescences. Looking at Sarah’s actions,…
Social Psychology Paper Scenario
The first factor addressed in regards to Sara’s attitude towards her curfew is her age and her place in the development stages. She is an adolescent and female so there are biological factors at play beneath the surface. For example, Hormones, “hormones are chemicals that influence body growth, mood, eating, and sexual characteristics.” (Carter, K. & Seifert, C. 2013). When puberty occurs hormones are always a factor on mood and decision making for adolescents.…
You don’t deal with him because you have no knowledge about Psychology. What is psychology? How do people study psychology?” (Allen).
Psychology is the scientific study of mind and behavior. It has major schools of thought which are structuralism, functionalism, psychodynamic, behaviorism, cognitive, and social cultural. In addition, there are primary biological foundations of psychology linked to behavior.
The first school of Psychology is Structuralism. Structuralism was formally set up by Wilhelm…
situation using social psychological concepts, then propose a solution (based on social psychological theory). To define your problem, you can draw on your personal life experiences, films, news events, etc. In the past, general paper topics have ranged from the environment, to racism on campus or in sports, to the media's portrayal of women. In developing ideas, keep a sharp eye on events in the world and your life as class progresses and generate a paper idea by noticing social psychology in your world…
PSYC 221 - Social Psychology
PSYC 221 Sections 0101 & 0201 – University of Maryland – Fall 2012
WHAT IS SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY AND WHAT DO SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGISTS DO?
Social psychology is the scientific study of how people’s thoughts, feelings and behavior are influenced by
the actual, imagined, or implied presence of other people (Allport, 1985). In other words, Social
Psychologists try to understand the mental processes that determine how we think about ourselves and
other people and how those other people…
is only external. Furthermore, a message of conformity is through hint where for compliance, it's by direct request.
There are eight factors that contribute to the occurrence of conformity. If something happens in conformity, others are part of social reality where one is excluded from the greatest effect in ambiguous situations and the response to perceived norms also guide interpretation of situations. Conformity requires for acceptance and affiliation and is done by response to unanimous agreements…
assigned. I’m not sure if it’s because I’m older or because there is more females in the classroom or even if religion and morals are involved. With this being said, I chose social-comparison as my topic.
Social-comparison can be defined as reviewing one’s thoughts and actions by comparing oneself with others. (Social Psychology, Meyers, chapter 2) Others around us help shape the person we become. From our employment, family, classmates in school, to our church and city we live in, these are the…
Social Psychology is explained specifically in this reading through many examples. It describes the way an individual’s behavior is influenced by others and how their own personalities can influence other people. Sarah’s behavior is influenced by her parents and her friends. Both roles play a factor in the decisions that she makes while with her friends and her family. Sarah has many different schemas involving…
* Social Cognition
* Impression Formation
* Social schema**
* Fundamental Attribution**
* Defense Attribution**
* Just World Attribution
* Mistaken belief that bad things happen to bad people
* Why do we do this? –Helps us feel safer and better about ourselves, we always ask what they did wrong, bad things do still happen to good people
* Trying to change your…
In the study of psychology, people are examined and tested on to determine why they do the things that they do. Sarah is a 15-year-old sophomore in high school. She is a well-behaved girl with good grades and takes mostly honor’s classes. As the school year begins, Sarah makes new friends and is looking forward to spending time with them on their first night going out together. As always, Sarah is aware of her curfew and has never broken it before. As the night comes to an…