The social animal by elliot aronson
Overall, The Social Animal is an absorbing and useful read for students who would like a general orientation towards the science.
Skepticism goes up not just with age but also with education. His fascination with the theory stem in part from Leon Festinger, his other mentor.
The social animal by elliot aronson pdf
In the long run, authenticity is essential for the maintenance and growth of the attraction between people! Sometimes, to my own fault, quotes are interlaced with my own words. People with negative self image want to crawl into bed instead of taking action. His need to justify social psychology as a legitimate science stems from his observations while he was at Harvard, that students normally drift towards the hard sciences, and his own belief that the science has much to offer for the benefit of humanity. The result was that the ravenous media hordes that descended upon the city during the week dispersed quickly upon learning that there was no sensationalising clash to report. Terms actually used in the discipline with which the reader might not be familiar are not even briefly defined i. As an experimenter, he was deceiving people in the laboratory and on weekends he and his wife would invite twenty-odd people over to his house to engage in intensive encounter sessions where the only policy it seems, is honesty. No doubt the main reason why the book has gone into its sixth edition, sold hundreds of thousands of copies, translated into eleven languages and read by more than just college students. Prior Experiences What happens before the communication impacts the influencing power of the communication. He lays out the methodology that social psychologists use in validating their hypotheses and makes the claim that the experiments conducted are every bit as impactful and meaningful as those in the hard sciences. Dissonance theory is responsible for the way we justify the Vietnam War, staying put on Three Mile Island despite the real threat of a nuclear melt-down and why we continue smoking in spite of convincing evidence that demonstrates conclusively that smoking is detrimental to health. Other definitions are of words not specific to psychology that people could easily look up in a regular dictionary i.
Prior Experiences What happens before the communication impacts the influencing power of the communication. Laws Identification : Conforming to ideas, beliefs, etc from someone you relate to identify if.
It depends on their self-esteem. Conventional topics such as law, business and health are not covered in The Social Animal, but the conversational tone and unpretentious language makes the book so intelligible that even the layman with no inkling of what the science is all about, will be able to comprehend at the end of the book - what exactly are the issues at stake in the world and how social psychology may be able to help.
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In the book, Aronson turns evangelist in order to prove that despite its youth, social psychology has something to contribute to societal well-being. Aronson is both missionary and educator in his book. The author says that liberal respond to more nuanced and fact-based arguments. In explaining the reasons why people behave in unusual ways, Aronson cites his "first law": People who do crazy things are not necessarily crazy. Many of the definitions are social psychology spins on general terms with which many people are already familiar i. The author seems to think that providing one or two examples of the theory's application will be enough for the reader to understand it. Bibliography Wilkes, J. When fear fails Fear fails with abstract threats. Laws Identification : Conforming to ideas, beliefs, etc from someone you relate to identify if.
Internalization: Conforming to the ideas, beliefs, etc that you conceive as part of your self-concept. Bibliography Wilkes, J. Festinger had the reputation of being a genius.
The author says that liberal respond to more nuanced and fact-based arguments.
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