Intercognition And Social Cognition

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Interpersonal behavior is defined as the behaviors displayed in relationships enticed by emotions (McDevitt & Ormord, 2013). These behaviors and actions do not only include the verbal responses but also facial and body cues. Many factors influence how a person interacts with others around them, two being meta-cognition and social cognition. Each has their own facets that impact different areas of interpersonal behaviors. Meta-cognition concerns the process in which cognition is manipulated to fulfill the needs of the person (Frith, 2012). Its more common definition is that it is an awareness of cognitive thought and its processes. Meta-cognition has two forms, which are the implicit and explicit forms. The implicit form of metacognition …show more content…
Social cognition influences social interactions through the application of different knowledge regarding the causes of different behaviors in ones self and others. Social cognition can be split into four main groups, which are “perception, attention, memory, and action planning” (Frith, 2008, pg. 1). Each aspect holds in important place in the processing of social interactions otherwise known as social cognition (Frith, 2008, pg. 1). The theory of mind, a concept concerning the acknowledgement of other peoples different thoughts and overall disposition is a large factor in social cognitions influence on interpersonal behaviors (McDevitt & Ormord, 2013). Unlike meta-cognitive influences, social cognition is more so with action than with thought process. Social cognition relies on meta-cognition because meta-cognition is the process in which humans understand social situations while social cognition uses this knowledge to direct their interactions. People can use theory of mind to imagine how others may be feeling which is called social perspective taking (McDevitt & Ormord, 2013). This concept also has a large impact on interpersonal behaviors. For instance, if a person is having a conversation with a person who is distraught, they can take theory of mind a swell as social perspective taking to curtail their thoughts to fit the social situation. The person will be less likely to add on to the emotions through reminder of sad thoughts or by being insensitive to the person’s emotional state. Social cognition also incorporates social facets such as facial and body language. These two concepts are important in interactions because they allow for others to truly understand how a person feels which can then be interpreted. Others within the conversation can then curtail their interactions to best fit the mindset of the other person. Social

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