Essay about The Theory Of Social Learning Theory

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Albert Bandura once said, “Psychology cannot tell people how they ought to live their lives. It can however, provide them with means for effecting personal and social change.” The Social Learning theory is a theory based on the observation of other people where one self looks for confirmation of individual behavior to see if it’s acceptable. It is also where the human being models or imitates behaviors and attitudes of others for one’s own benefit. Bandura later added that self-efficacy was missing, that believing that we can do something plays a bigger role in our future helping us define us and our behaviors outcome. People tend to always look at others to verify if their behavior matches someone else’s, if it is acceptable by others or to see if they are in the right track to obtain what they have been waiting for. While learning about social learning theory I also ran across Self-comparison theory, which is where one self compares to others to see how we are doing. Self-comparison uses either upward comparison, to compare ourselves to someone better than us, or downward comparison to compare to someone who is not as proficient as we are given the task. Which is why the main reason we compare each other so much is because most self-knowledge comes from others and what we learn by watching them. The Social Learning theory seems to be simple and easy to understand; however, we as humans need to understand that what we learn through other’s actions and what we imitate…

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