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Discussion 2: Power of the Situation
The motive to fit in often compels people to do what is considered appropriate behavior in a given situation. Sometimes the compulsion to fit in leads people to say or do something at odds with their sense of self. No one wants to be perceived as weird. Therefore, when the situation calls for a certain kind of behavior, people are likely to comply, even when that behavior is not consistent with their self-concept.

For this Discussion, you will examine conflict between a person’s behavior and sense of self.

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To Prepare
Think of a specific situation when you said or did something that you believed was out of character. Note: You will use this specific situation for this Discussion so make sure the situation is one you feel comfortable sharing with your colleagues.
By Day 4 ( Thursday) Respond back to two students
Post a description of a specific situation when you said or did something that conflicted with your beliefs or was out of character. To what would you attribute behavior that did not reflect your sense of self? What compelled you to say or do something that misrepresented your true self? Your analyses must be informed by social psychology theory and research.

Read your colleagues’ postings.

By Day 6 (Saturday)
Respond to one of your colleagues’ posts with an alternative explanation of his or her out-of-character behavior that is supported by social psychology theory.

Be sure to support your postings and responses with specific references to the social psychology theory and research. In addition to the Learning Resources, search the Walden Library and/or Internet for peer-reviewed articles to support your post and responses. Use proper APA format and citations, including those in the Learning Resources.

Note: For this Discussion, you are required to complete your initial post before you will be able to view and respond to your colleagues’ postings. Begin by clicking on the “Post to Discussion Question” link and then select “Create Thread” to complete your initial post. Remember, once you click on Submit, you cannot delete or edit your own posts, and you cannot post anonymously. Please check your post carefully before clicking on Submit!

Return to this Discussion in a few days to read the responses to your initial posting. Note what you have learned and/or any insights that you have gained as a result of your colleagues’ comments.

 

Social Psychology: Introducing Social Psychology

When explaining human behavior, people often ignore the extent to which the social context influences what people do, preferring instead to believe people’s behavior simply reflects who they are. The power of the situation to impact individual thoughts, attitudes, and behavior is Social Psychology’s defining feature; what follows in the next 11 weeks will reinforce this central concept.

If an individual person treats another in a cruel or aggressive way, is that because of the individual’s unique disposition or personality? Or, does the power of the situation better explain why an individual would behave in a cruel or aggressive manner? The famous ‘Stanford Prison Experiment’ makes a strong case for the power of the situation in determining individuals’ behavior (Zimbardo, 1971). In this experiment, Philip Zimbardo sought to explain the hostility that characterizes American prisons; specifically, he wondered if prison guards were sadistic people (i.e., dispositional/personality) who took satisfaction in brutalizing others or if their brutal treatment of prisoners is better explained by the rigid power structure of the prison social environment (i.e., situational).

The researchers identified the most psychologically stable, healthy college males who were randomly assigned to “roles” as either prisoners or prison guards in a mock prison; participants were paid $15/day. Every attempt was made to simulate the prisoner experience including arrest, fingerprinting, mug shots, and strip searches. Prisoners were confined to 6 x 9 foot “cells” with no privacy and only a cot for comfort. Guards, on the other hand, were given rest and relaxation areas and other comforts.

In very short order, guards comfortably assumed their roles; they were instructed to call prisoners only by their assigned numbers, to dehumanize them, leading to a loss of sense of self. Asserting their authority, guards harassed the prisoners and deprived them of sleep.

After only the second day, the prisoners rebelled; the guards retaliated with skin-chilling carbon dioxide streams shot from fire extinguishers and by calling in additional guards. Intended to last fully two weeks, the experiment was terminated after only six days.

This week, you will examine what makes social psychology distinct from other fields of psychology and from sociology. You will also explore the conflict a person can have between her or his behavior and her or his sense of self when certain behaviors are expected in a given situation.

Reference:

Haney, C., Banks, W. C., & Zimbardo, P. G. (1973). Interpersonal dynamics in a simulated prison. International Journal of Criminology and Penology, 1, 69-97.

Learning Objectives

Students will:

  • Analyze the differences between social psychology, personality psychology, and sociology in their approaches to explaining behavior
  • Analyze conflict between a person’s behavior and sense of self

Learning Resources

Required Readings

Aronson, E., Wilson, T. D., Akert, R. M., & Sommers, S. R. (Eds.) (2019). Social Psychology (10th ed.). Boston, MA: Pearson.

  • Chapter 1, “Introducing Social Psychology” I have to upload the ebook to you. And also find 1 schloary reading article for a citation

Required Media

Annenberg Learner. (n.d.). The power of the situation [Video file]. Retrieved February 24, 2020, from https://learner.org/series/discovering-psychology/the-power-of-the-situation/
Note:
 The approximate length of this media piece is 27 minutes.

 

Discussion 1: Explaining Behavior From Different Perspectives

For this Discussion, you will explore social psychology, personality psychology, and sociology in their approaches to explaining behavior. Consider the following scenario of Jason:

    Jason is a college student accused of making and distributing methamphetamine. If charged and convicted, Jason’s     dreams of medical school would be dashed. How would a social psychologist explain Jason’s behavior and his     decision to take this risk?

To Prepare

  • Review the Learning Resources for this week and consider how a social psychologist would approach and explain Jason’s behavior and decision.
  • Also, consider how a personality psychologist or a sociologist would explain Jason’s behavior and decision. Consider how each approach is different from a social psychologist’s approach.

By Day 3

Post an explanation of Jason’s behavior from the perspective of a social psychologist. Support your explanation with references to social psychology theory and research.

Read your colleagues’ postings.

By Day 5

Respond to one of your colleagues’ posts as either a personality psychologist or a sociologist. From this perspective, compare your colleague’s explanation to how you as the personality psychologist or sociologist would explain Jason’s behavior and decision to make and distribute methamphetamine.

Be sure to support your postings and responses with specific references to the social psychology theory and research. In addition to the Learning Resources, search the Walden Library and/or Internet for peer-reviewed articles to support your post and responses. Use proper APA format and citations, including those in the Learning Resources.

Note: For this Discussion, you are required to complete your initial post before you will be able to view and respond to your colleagues’ postings. Begin by clicking on the “Post to Discussion Question” link and then select “Create Thread” to complete your initial post. Remember, once you click on Submit, you cannot delete or edit your own posts, and you cannot post anonymously. Please check your post carefully before clicking on Submit!

Return to this Discussion in a few days to read the responses to your initial posting. Note what you have learned and/or any insights that you have gained as a result of your colleagues’ comments.

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