Essay on Principles of Social Psychology

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Principles of Social Psychology PSY 301 October 14, 2012 Principles of Social Psychology Social psychology is the understanding of an individual’s behavior in a social context. It is the scientific field that focuses on the nature and causes of that individual’s behavior in social situations. It looks at the human behavior that has been influenced by others and in the social context with which it occurred. Social psychology pays attention to how feelings, thoughts, beliefs, intentions, and goals are constructed and how these factors influence our behavior and interactions with others. This paper will examine the principles of social psychology and help us to…show more content…
2.2). Self-awareness is another part of how we perceive ourselves. The degree to which we are aware of ourselves vary. There are two different types of self-awareness, your private self-awareness and your public self-awareness. Your private self-awareness is the awareness of your internal state such as your thoughts, feelings, or desires. It can make us more aware of our attitudes and values. When our behavior doesn’t match our values, a discrepancy is made. Because discrepancies are viewed as negative, we will usually seek to change our behavior. Your public self-awareness is your awareness of how you appear to others. It is often higher when we believe that others are observing us. Public self-awareness will generally cause people to act in more satisfactory ways (Feenstra, 2011, p. 2.2). The last factor we will discuss in regards to discovering the self is the acting self. Our acting self is our attempt to present certain images of ourselves to others. We usually present a more positive side of ourselves, which affects how others view us. When we engage in activities that hinder our success, we call this self-handicapping. Self-handicapping gives us an excuse when things don’t turn out well for us. Thinking About Others What judgments do we make about others? Everyday we make judgments in our social interactions about why others act the way they do, which is known as
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