Key Differences Between the Views of Three Social Psychologists

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Analyze the key differences between the views of experimental, humanistic/experimental and critical social psychologists. Which of these views do you find most convincing and why?

To answer this question the three different viewpoints will be briefly summarized then the main differences between them will be outlined and analyzed. Once this has been achieved then the most convincing viewpoint wills he highlighted and the reasons why it is thought to be the best will be addressed. Ultimately a short summary of the key findings of the essay will be repeated and a conclusion drawn.

The main points of experimental social psychology are that social behavior can not only be described but can be put into measurable terms (McGhee P.
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What could and what should be are regarded more than what is. What we might be in the future is more important than what we are now (Stevens P. 2002 P.9). The actions we take are determined by personal choice. Humanistic/experimental social psychology shows concerns that by studying social psychology in a scientific way can alienate the findings and isolating individual emotions from the multitude that are used in decision making is unreliable and ultimately can not be reliable (Stevens P. 2002 P.10). Behavior can be interpreted in many ways and adjusted to the subject of the time. Finally theories on behavior and the interactions that aide people in deciding on an action can only truly be useful in understanding those people's experiences more clearly (Stevens P. 2002 P.10).

The key points of the critical social psychological perspective are that people are ultimately social creatures and their behavior is attributable the social atmosphere that they inhabit. The powers that are enforced in that social atmosphere hold different powers over different people, and therefore influence them in different ways (Wetherall M. 2002 P.11). Theories on why people make decisions should bee free floating and not reduced to common laws and the rigors of scientific exploration because the social inputs into each person will be completely individual. People are classed by their

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