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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Term for how one's self-image improves when something they associate with, like a sports team or politician, does well?

I'm trying to understand the phenomenon of how one's self-image, self-confidence, or personal regard goes up because something they affiliate themselves with "does well." For example, ...
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Why do people take unreasonable conventions for granted?

There are irrational or even nonsensical conventions/lifestyles/costumes/norms that people don’t question but take for granted for a long time. Then some people start questioning them, then more ...
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Condition in which people deny their beliefs or facts to distance themselves from people with similar beliefs or from people who propagate the facts

Is there a known condition in which people deny their own beliefs or act illogical because they want to distance themselves from other people who have the same beliefs? Here is a made up (and absurd) ...
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Confusing paragraph in a psychology book [closed]

I am currently working on translating a book called Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself by Kristin Neff. Yet, I faced a passage that I don't quite understand. Any help? BEFORE ...
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Have psychologists recognized how some people feel more embarrassment?

Is there a personality subtype where it’s really common to feel embarrassed about one's past self, like cringing about something you said, wrote, or did some time ago? It may change over time, but I ...
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How well does wisdom predict major life outcomes?

Wisdom has appeared to me to be a certain “persona non grata” in the field of psychology due to its enigmatic nature and unreliability in being measured, however what is the extent to which wisdom ...
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Is depression part and parcel with high achievers?

Is having excessively high standards a cause of depression or more precisely a cause of a void of positive emotions / dopamine? Certainly it appears that high achieving people and perfectionists tend ...
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Did this scientific experiment on worker/robber roles in pig's behaviour take place?

I remember that I read a story of an experiment on pig behaviour in a book when I was a child. I believe that the book was written by Bernard Werber, but I am not 100% certain. An experimenter put a ...
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Can some people be selectively psycopathic/sociopathic towards a specific race/ethnicity of people?

Psycopaths tend to display remorselessbess while normal people don't. But imagine 18th century USA, where Slaves were considered lower than animals. Or consider, a modern day college group, where ...
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Research on the effects on separating school pupils from their friends

Recently I read that schools will sometimes separate school friends into different classes with one parent on an online forum saying in 2013 that: The principal admitted that they try to separate ...
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Proxemics - In search of a paper

Hello I am looking for a paper related to Proxemics study That show that we pay more attention of sudden movements that are closer, than the sudden movements that are far away I've already searched ...
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Less littering with less trashcans [closed]

I live in Stockholm and recently visited Helsinki. I've lived a few different places in Sweden and only been to Helsinki in Finland. A big difference i noticed right away was the way cleaner streets, ...
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Term for someone that makes themselves sad to pass it onto others?

Is there a term for somebody that will purposely make themselves feel sad, and perhaps other negative feelings, with the intention of making another person feel them too? This would be a way of ...
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Is there a theory explaining why we remember liars?

Why when someone violates the laws of a game we remember them above the winner and other participants? What theory is attributable to this - I am not willing to attribute this to mere anomaly ...
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Looking for a formal term for a type of behaviour

I hope I can start off with two scenarios to describe the behaviour I'm trying to find a word for. A child accidentally smashes a window whilst playing a ball game. People assume the child broke the ...
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Question regarding inferiority complex

"The more one has feelings of inferiority, the more one has a power attitude, and the more one has a power attitude, the more one has feelings of inferiority" This above paragraph was said ...
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Why does smiling indicate happiness? Why couldn’t frowning indicate happiness and smiling indicate sadness?

Is there an evolutionary reason behind this? What about raising eyebrows when surprised, or lowering them when angry?
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The bystander effect depends on various variables, most of which don't necessarily require the present of other people. Why is it defined so?

From Bystander effect - Wikipedia: The bystander effect, or bystander apathy, is a social psychological theory that states that individuals are less likely to offer help to a victim when there are ...
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Is "mutual abuse" a meaningful psychological concept?

The motivation for this question is that, in the recent libel trial between Amber Heard and Johnny Depp, the couple's psychologist referred to their relationship dynamic as "mutually abusive.&...
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How did the very rapid nature of Russian industrialisation/collectivisation affect peoples capacity for abstract thinking?

I am sure I read once about research conducted on villagers who were pushed very very quickly from very basic, premodern agrarian structures into collectivised, quota-driven, management-structure ...
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World Value Survey, trust, and China

The World Values Survey includes information on trust. My question is thus: how the heck is China measured that high? Experts on China view China as a low-trust society, people are always suspicious ...
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Is the lack of eagerness to contribute to the group's goal a cause for diffustion of responsibility?

From Wikipedia: Diffusion of responsibility is a sociopsychological phenomenon whereby a person is less likely to take responsibility for action or inaction when other bystanders or witnesses are ...
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What are the benefits of cultural diversity in a workplace?

Common sense says diversity creates barriers as people have trouble finding common ground, since by definition they’re as different as possible. Yet, the corporate world insists that forcing cultural ...
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Will long term high stress generally inhibit attraction or interests in new romances?

Regarding the sort of long term stress that makes a person tense and unhappy on a daily basis for months, and how this affects that persons interest in new social connections. I have read several ...
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Term for this Manipulation tactic -- saying "we" instead of "i"

The term is for when a manipulator keeps saying "we" this, "we" that, when really they should be saying "I". It's a form of manipulation I believe is called "forced&...
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Can EXTREME distress push a person who already suffers from General Anxiety Disorder and Panic Disorder into a more severe mental condition?

I recently finished reading Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl which explores some of the psychological explanations behind surviving something as horrific as concentration camps. I would like ...
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wisdom of crowds and group polarization

I'm having a hard time understanding two concepts, wisdom of crowds and group polarization, at the same time. Wisdom of crowds states that aggregation of information or prediction, in groups are often ...
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The desire and expectation to see a situation escalate

Does this phenomenon have a name? When there is a diagreement or conflict or scandal, sometimes instead of wanting the issue to be solved and left behind I want it to escalate and expand. This can be ...
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What are the eventual consequences of being a narcissist?

A close question to what I am trying to ask is Is there scientific evidence that narcissists cannot be treated?. I was wondering what are the eventual consequences of being a narcissist? Is there any ...
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What is the difference between reminiscence and nostalgia?

Both reminiscence and nostalgia refer to thinking about the past, but where is the line between them? I am looking into how reminiscence affects meaning in life and have found that most research ...
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Human/social behavior when one emphasizes their own superior achievements over others'

I'm looking for a name/category/definition of (personality?) disorder(s) that can be described with the following traits in one's (imaginary person) social/human behavior: this person brings up and ...
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Why memory studies was a strong area of research during 90's?

Memory studies seemed to have flourished during nineties - particularly early nineties. Not only in Psychology, but in neuroscience, in social sciences, in History, there was a period in which a lot ...
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Reference for a particular anecdote about the cultural basis of the ethics of homicide

I recently had a conversation with a friend about the psychology of ethics, and it reminded me of an anecdote that I read perhaps 10-15 years ago. The anecdote supposedly originates in the ...
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gender related activism scale

I'm looking for a self-report measure that assesses involvement and interest in activism that centers around gender equity, including (but not limited to) topics like gender equality, segregation and ...
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Asking for reference of specific meaning of "group polarization"

I am a finance student. Today I read a paper of Cinelli,2021 and face the phrase "group polarization theory" From this link, I found an idea that Those who don’t initially agree with that ...
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What does "psychology of salience" mean?

Han et. al., (2021) documented that Motivated by the psychology of salience, we also make a second key psychological assumption that receivers attend more to extreme outcomes I am wondering what ...
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What is the name of phenomenon that people state their initial opinion more firmly after discussion in group polarization? [closed]

In reading "group polarization", " that a person tends to shift to a more extreme opinion when in a group setting than what his/her original opinion might have been" So, in the ...
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What is the relation between "homophily indices" and "group polarization" level?

Homophily is the tendency of individuals to associate and bond with similar others (Murase,2019). I expect that there is a measure of homophily level, called homophily indices. Group Polarization is ...
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Why the definition of homophily in two papers are almost contrast?

Homophily is the tendency of individuals to associate and bond with similar others. Murase, 2019 says that Social tie formation includes focal closure and cyclic closure. The difference between these ...
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What is the link between descriptive norm & informational social influence? When the descriptive norm doesn't appear to be "correct"?

I'm a first-year psychology student and this week I'm learning (from a crappy lecturer) about social norms, specifically injunctive vs descriptive norms, and normative vs informational social ...
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What is the name of the cognitive bias about groups of people with the same beliefs about others?

Last year I read an interesting magazine article about some papers on a cognitive bias about group beliefs. The papers highlight the fact that we tend to judge in a stronger way the same behavior if ...
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Hyperperception model psychology?

Is hyperperception model related to Psychology or communication studies? I have read articles like (Carpenter & Spottswood, 2021) but still wonder which Psychology is it related to or is it just a ...
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Chronic ostracism/social rejection epidemiology

I recently came across a paper (Wesselmann, et al. 2015) about chronic ostracism. It seems a relatively new area of research and I'm sure it has its flaws as a model. Anyway, I had no luck finding an ...
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Is parasocial love a romantic relationship?

Is parasocial love is a form of romantic relationship? I have read about some articles about parasocial love and have come across the term "parasocial romantic relationships" is this the ...
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Do people prefer to see an image similar to themselves in advertisements or rather an ideal model?

Introduction: Imagine an advert depicting the usage of the product being advertised by a customer - for example, an advert of an automobile brand, showing a person driving the car. Let's assume the ...
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What makes it funny when someone is making an absurd lie?

As stated, why is it sometimes funny when someone is making an obvious lie, but they really want you to believe it? They are not saying it in a humors purpose, however, a lot of people find it very ...
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Learn Cognitive Empathy

I recently stumbled upon some psychology sites and learned more about the 3 types of empathy. Since I want to understand everyone better, I want to improve my skills at empathy. I found a lot of ...
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Psychometric scales of gender

I have never read any study that has used a psychometric scale to find out the respondent's gender identity, sexual orientation or both. This makes me wonder if there are such scales or not, or if ...
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Is there any evidence for a link between religiosity and belief in conspiracy theories?

I've heard claims made that more religious individuals were more likely to fall for various conspiracy theories. I've personally been able to find studies linking religiosity to belief in qanon ...
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What is the psychology of abusing the victim during burglary and robbery?

I've studied a physiological phenomenon where, during a burglary or robbery, the one who robs constantly abuses the victim, either verbally or physically, even though that wouldn't lead to any gain. ...
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