The Persuasion: The Many Aspects Of Social Psychology

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If one has ever given great thought to why we act the way we do, or the reason why our attitudes change or develop a certain way, one will be thinking of social psychology. Social psychology studies many aspects and variables that impact situations. Social psychology and those that study social psychology are able to answer many questions as to why some people are better leaders than others and to why someone is better at a certain position rather than others. Social psychology is a form of studies that use scientific methods to figure out how we think, feel and the behavior of us as humans. What social psychology does is that it can fully understand human’s behavior in various social situations and environment. Specifically social psychology …show more content…
Who, what, to whom and how of persuasion should be closely discussed. Specifically, what the four variables really are that of the person that is actually doing the persuasion, the message that is being sent, then the audience that is then taking in that message, and lastly the techniques that are being used by the persuader. The persuader should be attractive and likable with an attractive personality as well. The message can contain many hidden things and the message could be trying to make the audience feel fear or guilt. The message could also be trying to frame or to have a one or two-sided message. A one-sided message is when only good or bad things are being said about something rather than a two-sided message where both sides of something are being discussed. The audience is also important in the art of persuasion. The audience could vary based on the culture, self-esteem, age and gender. Each of these could greatly affect if the message is received when persuasion is trying to take place. As mentioned earlier there are many techniques that are used in the art of persuasion. These include, foot-in-the-door, low ball, reciprocity, door-in-the-face, and more. Foot-in-the-door techniques are very interesting. This technique is used quite frequently. What this technique is doing is figuring out and balancing ones request with what one wants. For example, …show more content…
A group consists of two or more people working together. There are different types of groups and there are consequences of Groupthink which have led social dilemmas. There are intimacy and task groups. Both of these groups are quite different. Intimacy groups are those of which are family and friends whereas task groups are those that one works in to only perform such tasks and nothing else. Groupthink has to occur and although one thinks it is always best to get the opinion of others, it is often best not to because it could lead to social dilemmas. Groupthinks pertain to individuals that are highly cohesive, not get all viewpoints a crossed. Groupthinks tend to always have a main leader and don’t really have a back-up plan but are usually situations where there is a lot of stress. Sometimes, groupthinks are not the solution. Recently, President Obama made an executive decision about illegal immigrants. He made an executive decision for law enforcement to leave those illegal immigrants alone that were not doing any harm to anyone or society. This was unprecedented due to the fact that being an immigrant that is here without any papers is still illegal. However, President Obama did address the fact that he had been waiting for a bill to be made and passed by congress but that never had. He had already had a groupthink but nothing happened so he used his executive powers and made a

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