Social Influences On Social Psychology

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Social psychology refers to the scientific study of how we think, influence, and how they relate to one another (Meyers, 2011). In my experience, I have come into contact with the effects of optimists versus pessimists, self-handicapping, and the fundamental attribution error. These social phenomenons have influenced my high school career as well as my life personally.

Optimists versus pessimists
Optimists are the people who are more likely to act from good events while bad ones have little to no effect on their mood (Meyers, 2011). My best friend, Carmella, is a optimist. She is always looking on the bright side of things as well as encourages others to do so. She is a ball of good energy that she shares with everyone around her.
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Carmella would tell me I feel this way because of how my mother treated me from the day I was born, in a very unnurturing fashion. I would blame myself for my mental illness instead of seeing the facts. The pessimist in me would hate on myself because I was the only problem in my life, or so I thought. Soon, Carmella helped me see that I was conditioned into thinking this way.
This effected me a lot throughout high school. Being a pessimist, plus my depression, made learning harder. When a friend would get mad at me I would blame myself for everything, instead of seeing that it was just a problem of miscommunication. My bleak outlook on life made me hate waking up at six a.m. every morning to go to class. Even when I studied all night for a test I would believe that I was going to fail despite the effort I made looking over my notes. Being pessimistic made high school look a lot like a prison. I was constantly sick of the teaches, the classes, and the
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This means before you even take the Math test you are already telling everyone you are going to fail because you did not get enough sleep the night

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