Analysis of Social Judgment Theory

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Social Judgment Theory Growing up, I thought my mom was trying to keep me from having fun and enjoying life. She kept telling me I would end up in trouble being with the friends I had at the time and doing the things that teenagers do, such as staying out late at night just hanging out friends. At 17 years of age, I felt I was an adult and should be able to make my own choices and do my own thing. I was not willing to listen to anything that would stop me from having what I called fun at the time. Under the Social Judgment Theory, a high ego-involvement usually indicates a wide latitude of rejection. This is what I was showing with my teenage attitude. It would not have mattered how much my mom explained to me how I would end up in trouble or why. I was very insistent in enjoying life because I had grown up and felt I deserved to have the freedom I always dreamed about that was not under my parent's rule. The theory explains that messages that fall within the latitude of rejection may have a boomerang effect. This is what happened as I went out to enjoy myself and ended up in trouble with the law by fighting another person who kept challenging me in respects that they were better than me at fighting and there was no way I could beat them. After having to stand in front of a judge and explain my actions, I learned that mom was trying to keep me from getting into trouble by trying to get me to look for better alternatives of having fun, such as just going to the movies or
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