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Questions tagged [social-psychology]

For questions about the empirical and theoretical study of how perception, feelings, behavior, and cognition are affected by the actual, imagined, or implied presence of others. Questions are addressed both from the individual perspective (American school) and group perspective (European school).

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How is fear different from disgust?

We know that what we consider as unfavorable for us, we learn to avoid through conditioning. Things we are afraid of, and things we are disgusted by are both unfavorable at the core. Why are they then ...
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How can we get rid of the confusion which is created by other [on hold]

I am newly married from India, My problem is that my husband keep misleading my understanding and made me confuse everything, and he is leaving me in that confusion by hurting me. Now i am in a ...
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Asking for illogical things to make extreme views normal?

A couple of months back I was reading an article about how politicians were asking to make decisions that are way beyond possible (name it unreasonable, unacceptable, illogical) just as a medium of ...
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Can you really have “excessive empathy”?

This question arose out of the question Excessive empathy, social cues and adaptive behavior evaluation whereby excessive empathy was considered to impair interpersonal relationships. My question is ...
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Excessive empathy, social cues and adaptive behavior evaluation

An article by Gunnar Bartsch of Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg, JMU started me on this line of inquiry. The original source is no longer available but has been reproduced at ScienceDaily (...
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Why we fight with the person which we love? [closed]

If we love someone , we fight with them on little things . Why we fights with the person which we love?
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What do you call this behaviour? I know it's not “Gaslighting” [closed]

Apologies for the wooly nature of the question. It's difficult to sum it up without an example. My 12-year-old daughter has been subject to psychological bullying at her new school by a peer. Whilst ...
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What's that vulnerability/weakness of human psychology which is consciously/subconsciously utilized by politicians or people with authority/fame?

Below is just an example: I am from India and I remember that we were promised by our PM, Narendra Modi, that he would bring all the black money from Swiss banks and he will deposit around 15 lac INR ...
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Belongingness vs Social Connectedness

I am struggling with translation of these two words into my language. In many studies, they measure connectedness (or how much people feel connected) or belongingness (as need to belong or sense of ...
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Is there supporting evidence for the statement “mass media manipulates people and replaces traditional culture”?

This is a plausible stance to take, but one would need to study, psychologically, whether the adapters of mass media are acting by understanding the context that they are in or whether mass media ...
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Are there any well-established measures of general self-confidence and current anxiety?

I am designing an experimental manipulation to raise participants' feelings of uncertainty, and I want to ensure a clean manipulation that is not affecting other constructs such as anxiety and self-...
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How to test people's compatibility for friendship

I'd like to have a test that would predict whether two people will get along (enjoy conversation and possibly become friends) if they try? The idea is simple: many people pass the test and then, by ...
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What is the term for doing things or behaviors that contrast to what you really feel?

For instance a person who is racist wanting to hire black people because they want to project an image that they aren't racist. Or if they doesn't like obese people but still interacts with them to ...
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Does the way a popular behaviour is discussed affect whether it would be imitated?

I think I’ve came across a contradiction in relation to these two phenomenon. On the one hand there is the following example: there was a vintage advert against pollution whereby a lot of people were ...
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What tools exist to measure work meaningfulness?

Do you know of methods/tools/criteria used (in sociology, social psychology or occupational science) in order to evaluate how meaningful some particular work can be for a particular person? I am not ...
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Why fear is the opposite of desire and not disgust?

Wikipedia page on desire has the following passage: A 2008 study by the University of Michigan indicated that, while humans experience desire and fear as psychological opposites, they share the ...
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People who only believe what they personally experience

I read a lot of science articles / threads, and occasionally conspiracy theorists will jump in and state how they can't believe some amazing aspect of the universe because they haven't experienced it. ...
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Repeating a rumor that you started?

I've heard that repeating a rumor by denying it only serves to reinforce the rumor. https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/20141110142443-1967426-how-firms-should-fight-rumors/ Try to avoid reinforcing ...
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Why is solo dancing not as popular as contra and partner dancing? [closed]

I have been to dance lessons. They only taught partner dancing and cobtra dancing. No solo dancing was taught at all. In Sweden where I'm from solo dancing is kind of unpopular. In music on the other ...
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What are the effects of rejection from both parents on a child?

How would rejection from both parents affect a child? How would they act? what would their personality be like? And the most important question of all: What would help them get rid of or at least ...
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Why is the theory of mind named as such?

Theory of mind is the ability to attribute mental states—beliefs, intents, desires, emotions, knowledge, etc.—to oneself, and to others, and to understand that others have beliefs, desires, intentions,...
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Emotional energy exchange between bodies?

I'm not sure on which platform to ask this question: Is it possible to exchange emotional energy between two bodies via acts of goodwill? Two examples of acts of goodwill are: Help someone with their ...
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Bully psychology [closed]

To be honest, I don't know how bullies' systems work in the US or other western countries, but I think everywhere is similar. I will describe some pattern I noticed in bullying and the question is ...
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Brain, Mind vs Conscious actions

Has there been any recent significant progress on the hard problem with significant experimental results. What is the current majority main stream consensus?
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What pro- or anti-environmental behaviors are feasible to measure objectively rather than with self-report?

One of the central challenges in understanding pro-environmental behavior is measurement. Currently, most researchers (including myself) lean on self-report of behavior. I'm looking for a brainstorm. ...
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Why are we so possessive of our significant others?

Something about falling in love seems to make people very possessive about their significant other. This happens even though sharing is almost universally acknowledged as an act of kindness and ...
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Why are some of us attracted to certain women while others are not

Earlier, I was having a discussion with my co-worker. We were talking about the hottest women in Hollywood and we had some different opinions. My co-worker thought that Angelina Jolie was one of the ...
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What does “dimensionality of power distance” mean?

The BBC's article Cracking India's mystifying nod code is an interesting read and contains the paragraph: However, there is more to the Indian head wobble than just a cultural quirk passed through ...
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Is feeling bad about being cheated on innate or learned behaviour?

For most people, if their partner cheated on them with another person they would feel devastated. But is there any evidence that this is biologically innate behaviour or if it is a socially learned ...
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Does psychology lose it's validity when the subject is versed in psychology?

Quite often, I find myself conforming to typical psychological principals, and exhibiting predictable behavior based on external stimuli. However, upon better research of the psychology behind past ...
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Why do some people bond with their captors and vice versa?

Why do some people in hostage and/or kidnapping situations end up identifying with their captors, and vice versa? Are there certain triggers or aspects of the situation that make it more or less ...
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People who climb the social hierarchy

We know that people on top of the social hierarchy have (at least in developed countries) 30 or more years average life expectancy , more stable marriages, happier life and so on. So my question is ...
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What emotion/sensory feeling is this?

The facial expression is: 2C+6+12+24A (Facial Action Coding System) I can't find out what expression and emotion this represents. Also if anybody knows a site which lists more than the universal ...
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Writing the wrong word down? [duplicate]

I’ve noticed I’ve regularly ended up typing words that are completely different to what I meant to write but sound vaguely similar. For example, I’ve don’t it with the word ‘whole’ when I meant to ...
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Whats analysis of both sides is called in psychology?

What is the scientific term or psychological term for visualizing a phenomenon, news or event in history or in daily life from both perspective. For example some event that happened in your country or ...
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Meaning of “attitudinal acceptance”

I found an interesting study called "A Comparison of Family Functioning, Life and Marital Satisfaction, and Mental Health of Women in Polygamous and Monogamous Marriages" by Al-Krenawi et al. It is ...
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Is there research to prove that humans achieve more when challenging ourselves or when we challenge others?

Given that there is a single player game, let's say, Tetris. I play the game for 5 days and my friend is also playing the game for 5 days. At the end of the 5 days we would like to see who has the ...
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Has there been any studies of pathological “nomad-ness”?

I've spent some time trying to search for this but my lack of knowledge limits my ability to find any information about this subject. I know someone who constantly sees another city as a "Grass is ...
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Are societies capable of sacrificing time and energy exclusively for the benefit of future generations?

I was thinking on how environment conservation efforts might be enhanced or enforced and I was reflecting that people have to develop a colective conscience that would allow them to spend extra time ...
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Is there a name for the phenomenon of perceived repeated interruption?

Is there a documented name for the phenomenon of repeated social interruptions. It's something I've discussed with others who seem to share the observation that often, when one is alone in a public ...
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Is this an example of objectification?

Here is the scenario: A man and a woman meet at a conference. During a small talk, the man says "I will try to determine the sport you played by looking at your body type." Then he backs up, looks at ...
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When and how did public nudity and sex become shameful and unacceptable? [closed]

I am thinking about it from the evolutionary perspective. For nudity, I thought that maybe nude bodies may be associated with a higher probability of infection and diseases due to exposed parts. I ...
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What are examples of stimuli that we know cause a grief or sadness reaction in humans?

I am looking for examples of stimuli that has been shown to cause sadness in humans in a controlled environment as opposed to the neurological basis or evolutionary reason for sadness
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What does science say about feeling appreciated/loved/valued?

I believe firmly that people who feel appreciated/loved/valued will (generally) experience all kinds of benefits for themselves and the people around them. Think about: Being more healthy Experience ...
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Names of branches of neuroscience and related fields dealing with hunger, taste, attachment, and digestion, and their relationship to other perception

I would like to know what the branches of neuroscience, cognitive science, psychology, and psychiatry related to what happens when the tongue touches and other possible related mouth sensors, touch, ...
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What research is there on how people go from examining/gathering evidence to executing on a decision?

I'm curious what research there is about when/how people decide to stop evaluating or gathering evidence, and actually begin executing on an action, and how the order of information presented could ...
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On what basis do pro Gender Dysphoria professionals support mutilation and major health issues for those seeking gender re-assignment?

Before I pose my question here are some facts from the American Academy of Pediatrics. Resource 1: American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) A PDF printed by the Children's Hospital of Chicago by the ...
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What are the purposes of ceremony and sense of ritual?

I've always found ceremony and rite fairly contrived and unnecessary. It has always been difficult for me to wrap my mind around many observances and rituals. It does seem like I am in the minority ...
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In general, how does one resolve two competing theories in Psychology?

In looking at a post on twitter from a somewhat well-known psychologist Tal Yarkoni, he references a paper which lists multiple sets of competing theories in Psychology that have not been resolved. ...
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What are some books about the effect of childhood experiences on adult life?

I would like to read some books about the effects of childhood experiences on the adult life. For an example, somewhere I read that adult males who had an aggressive father they are usually not ...