Social Identity Theory

1399 Words Nov 15th, 2012 6 Pages
Social identity theory is a theory which is intended to explain how people develop a sense of belonging and membership in particular groups, and how the workings of intergroup discrimination work. Social identity theory plays an important role in the study of social psychology. To some degree, everyone is influenced by social identity theory. Social Identity Theory tries to explain such intergroup discrimination in the 'real world' as well as in the circumstance of the minimal groups. The theory claims a process of social identification and positive self-esteem, “People can boost their self-esteem through their own personal achievements or through affiliation with successful groups” (Kassin, Fein, & Markus, 2008, 150). When a person is …show more content…
The second group I am a member of is my gender which is female. I was born into this group, I didn’t have to do anything to “become” a member of it. I think that makes it a very important group to be a member of since it was one I was born into and did not have to do anything to join the group of my female gender. This group IS my identity, I am a female, without knowing or accepting that I am a part of this group it would be very hard to know my identity and who I am.
The work group of employees I am part of influences my personal values and beliefs in a different way than other groups may because this group includes my family members and because it is also in a professional environment. The norms for this group are to act professional, respectful and mature in the work environment and properly communicate to co-workers and customers as well. Following employee rules, such as dress code, being on time for work and respecting chain of command are all values of this group. My beliefs and values with this group may differ from my own personal ones because when I am with this group I am probably more eager to please others and do my job correctly as
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