The Influence Of Social Psychology

Social Psychology is the study of how human interactions shape and influence mental processes and displayed behaviors. Much like behaviorism, social psychology relies upon empirical, observable evidence and scientific experiments to prove theories. In fact, nearly all social psychology theories are supported by experiments. Social psychology also ignores the biological perspective of psychology, disregarding influence of hormones and neurotransmitters. Unlike behaviorism, social psychology recognizes the influence of cognitive processes and the thought processes that cause people and groups to behave in specific ways. Personally, social psychology is one of the most interesting units. It’s easy adaptable to everyday life, and it even helped …show more content…
When following the orders of another, one can always displace blame on to someone else. Each individual develop certain circumstances in which they will or won 't obey. Often times, people perceived as authority figures are obeyed unconditionally because society assumes that they should follow someone with expertise or expert knowledge. On the other hand, some naturally question authority. This may evolve from lack of respect for certain people or black distressed and society. In either case, obeying could be beneficial or harmful. In situations like the Milgram shock experiment, the Stanford prison experiment, or the Abu Ghraib prison incident, obeying orders from authority figures or obeying a roll can harm others. It dissociates one from their personal convictions. On the other hand, open could be useful in situations when the orders originate from someone who is generally knowledgeable and has sound intentions. For example, in most cases listening to one 's parents or doctors can save them from unnecessary physical and emotional …show more content…
On one hand, ethnocentrism creates a deep sense of community and culture. For example, sports teams each develop their own group identity and exhibit ethnocentrism during competition. In these instances, the so-called “us VS them” mentality allows for growth and improvement among each of the teams. Every player strives to better themselves. However, ethnocentrism also has a dark side. It can cause stereotypes, racism, and overall hate. Ethnocentrism can divide just as quickly as it can inspire by creating a network of narcissism and an unwillingness to cooperate with others

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