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 do I find the right psychologist for myself? [closed]

Many psychologists resist disclosing their opinions on school prior to making an appointment. I want to talk about my problems with being bullied in school, and I don't think that a therapist could ...
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Is there a criterion to distinct between a philia and a paraphilia?

The terms "Androphilia" and "Gynephilia" describe the two major romantic and/or sexual orientation/s of humans → towards "masculine" ...
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Is Eratomanic delusion just a type of Grandiose delusion?

Our professor taught us about these two delusions and upon further thinking I feel that Eratomania may just be a sub-part of Grandiose disorder. If this is the case then why are these studied as ...
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What happens psychologically to a Robinson Crusoe?

In 2000 film Cast Away Tom Hanks's hero is stranded on an uninhabited island, Robinson Crusoe style, and after a while starts talking to a volleyball. And I thought: what would actually happen to a ...
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What's the difference between how a person with NPD views social hierarchies versus a non-disordered person? [closed]

Out of the FOG (a website on personality disorders) claims that NPDers manipulate social hierarchies in an entirely self-serving way that non-NPDers don't (which comes with the admission, of course, ...
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Does lack of social-economic opportunities for self-realisation and personal growth explain homophobia (at least partly)?

There is strong correlation between acceptance of LGBT in countries and the economic prosperity of the respective countries. As far as I have checked the literature then the mainstream research trend ...
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The BOOM of social media, related with new features of self-promotion, rather than chats to engage with others?

I was involved in a group project were we were connecting people with a PenPal, by receiving their stories. Unfortunately, people were being driven away because of PenPal idea. We changed the project ...
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What's the psychological concept behind mobile game design and marketing?

I see a very common trend in how every mobile game is being designed and advertised on the market. The common features are (not limited to): Very cartoony graphics (big heads small bodies) ...
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Do ALL decisions arouse cognitive dissonance?

I continue to see an oversimplification in the descriptions of the options available that arouse cognitive dissonance: some websites state that all decisions have positive and negative aspects that ...
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Has the labelling and overshadowing effect from the Hannah Experiment been replicated?

"The Hannah Experiment" (Darley & Gross 1983) is cited as an example of labels biasing evaluation. This is described in "Drunk Tank Pink by Adam Alter" which I've paraphrased ...
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About runtime error

Whenever we manage to turn on the TPLOpen1 after calibrating the eye-tracker, it keeps broadcasting the following error message. "Runtime Error!" The following runtime error occurred: Client ...
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At what age are women perceived to be most attractive?

Someone once quoted a research at me: Men were shown photographs of female body parts and asked to judge the attractiveness. The result was that men (of all ages) found 14 year old females the most (...
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What is the difference between “nudge theory” and “priming”?

I'm doing a minor in psychology and during my lesson in both psychological approaches and social psychology, this question popped into my head. For as far as I know nudge theory is about altering the ...
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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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Psychology of dogpiling [duplicate]

What is the Psychological explanation behind hoards of people turning on someone, unfairly and unreasonably simply because others have turned on that person? It's like that hate just keeps gaining ...
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Are University Graduated WEIRD people psychologically different to Generally Educated WEIRD people?

A recent question was asking around the subject of WEIRD psychology [WEIRD standing for Western, Educated, Industrialized, Rich and Democratic — an acronym seemingly coined by Henrich, et al (2010)] ...
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Is there research to support the idea that social networking sites could be improved to “feel more” in order to avoid “online disinhibition effect”?

Is there research to support the idea that social networking sites could be improved to "feel more" in order to avoid "online disinhibition effect"? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...
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Why do people tend to put stigma on a victim and not on the perpetrator?

Introduction: My personal observation is that most people, regardless of culture context, tend to put stigma mainly on the victim of a violent act and not (that much) on the perpetrator. It is always ...
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What is the most robust method for peer grading?

I intend to provide a group task for 30 people, split into 5 or 6 groups. Ultimately, I want them to assess which group delivered the best result (after presenting results in front of other groups) ...
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What fraction of the population has secure attachment style?

Attachment theory suggests that we divide attachment styles into secure attachment style vs insecure attachment styles. What fraction of the population would be classified as having a secure ...
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Reliable sources for society trust score?

It seems like that the general public [1,2,3] and some academics [4,5] believe that China is an exemplar society of low-trust. Most of my friends share the same beliefs. However, one data source ...
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Why do people tend to avoid desperate people?

From my experience,often in social interactions, the person who seems more desperate is the least desirable person to be interacted with. And no one wants to engage them. More often than not, people ...
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Are measures for Isolation and Frustration of Need for Relatedness interchangeable?

I am looking to measure satisfaction/frustration of the psychological need for relatedness (self-determination theory) at work. Have seen the scales by Van den Broeck et al. (2010), Longo et al (2016),...
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Why are most psychological studies not controlling for IQ and personality scores of their respondents?

Consider for exemple the stereotype threat, of which a recent meta-analysis can be found here. People try to assess how can a stereotype might explain a difference between two groups. However, they ...
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Can people fake mental illness to gain sympathy?

In the last decade, a lot of famous personalities and celebrities have opened up about suffering from mental disorders, largely depression. This has caused the younger generation to accept and seek ...
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Why is it so hard to let go of our insecurities?

It is very common to think about how people think about you, how you look, how you sound, and how you can display your best towards others. But more often or not delving too much into these feeling ...
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What is the “personality of a relationship” called?

I'm struggling to find this missing word, that I imagine would be part of the psychological literature. Personality is to an individual what ____________ is to a 1:1 relationship. Any thoughts? I ...
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How does this experiment prove a causal relation between coherence and good feelings?

I'm reading Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman and I came across the following text: The Remote Association Test has more to tell us about the link between cognitive ease and positive effect. ...
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Why does the Elaboration Likelihood Model not account for truthfulness of the message?

This is a sample problem with the answer I am stuck on: Question: According to the elaboration likelihood model, which of the following does NOT predict whether a message will be persuasive? A....
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Why do humans have sex in private?

Human couples usually have sex in private, hidden not only from predators, but also - other humans. It is unlike behavior of most species, including our relatives: bonobos, chimpanzees and gorillas. ...
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Does there exist a theatre effect?

In a lecture by a Chinese CEO with a consulting background, I learned an effect called 剧场效应 (can be transliterated into 'theatre effect' in English) and I can explain that a bit in the following story:...
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What are the neurological differences between varying types of love?

It stands to reason that the biochemical cascade involved when a person experiences love, gives a feeling of well-being and drive. Studies in neuroscience have involved chemicals that are present ...
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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 didn't the Left Twix/Right Twix ad campaign take off?

This is intended to be a psychology question about human decision making and behavior as concerns advertising. As this is only my second ever question on Cognitive Sciences SE, please advise as to any ...
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Research on the psychopathology of rapists

Since not all sexual assaulters are psychopaths or sadists as the media often chalks them up to ,there is scope to at least mend the thinking of some of the rapists, or any which haven't yet given in ...
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Techniques to combat sexism at school level

I am from India, and if you take a glance at the daily news you will see a lot of gruesome gangrapes and murders. Nirbhaya, Kathua rape case and the Hathras gangrape There are other such incidents ...
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What is the name for this form of “influence”?

I have found that people are often "roused to action," activism and even zealotry by attributing either extreme of "nobleness" or "despicability" to their self or group ...
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Why did Karl Popper criticize Freud's theories?

Why didn't Karl Popper accept Freud's psychological theories and believed that they are not scientific in essence?
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Name for the tendency of people to believe authority has more control than they do?

Given an authority figure that in reality is not in control of whatever domain they're supposed to be in control of, some people have the tendency to ignore the evidence that the authority figure is ...
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When talking about painful events in their lives, why do most people smile?

I watched this video recently, and a common reaction in almost all of the strangers was that they were smiling, while talking about the most painful things they were told in their lives. My question ...
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Is there a correlation between schemas and social constructs?

While studying Piaget's stages of cognitive development in Educational Psychology, the textbook talks about Piaget using the idea of "schemas" which are mental representations or ideas about what ...
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Is post-traumatic stress disorder preventable?

Victims of abuse, people exposed to violent situations repeatedly, and people in war zones can develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a result. PTSD is very common and has lifelong effects ...
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Could a serial killer continue undiscovered by friends, family, work colleagues? [closed]

Or would they invariably show signs that psychologically they weren't right? I'm watching The Fall, where a serial killer is in the middle of his spree, but without his wife or work colleagues ...
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At what point does a complex become pathological?

I've a first question so I apologize if the format is completely awry. I'm reading Meeting the Shadow: The Hidden Power of the Dark Side of Human Nature and I came across this passage by Edward C. ...
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Analysis of psychology/sociology of fashion?

I'm looking for some good place to start read about sociology of fashion. I guess there are some researches about why people "invented" fashion and is it some natural for human as a biological species ...
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Is self-infallibility a mental disorder?

I realize all people have various and complex biases, and that we all get into arguments from time to time. However, I've known one or two people who seemed abnormally resistant to suggestions that ...
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Name of the effect that one feels entitled to more egoistic behaviour if one commited an altruistic deed [closed]

I'm looking for the term for the tendency of people to keep a kind of "altruism credit" which means if they help someone else at one moment, they more likely resolve to not helping if they ...
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What makes pathological demand avoidance different from reactance?

I learned about the term reactance after some research, what wasn't as obsessive in the description as I had observed with some people in the past. Still made a very good point in describing the ...
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Is there a name for this feeling?

With the intent of being seen as a big shot, a person induces unsuspecting observers to underestimate them by intentionally failing in trivial tasks but then successfully completing more complex tasks....
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Starting academic textbook/survey article for the field of persuasive communication?

I am quite interested in this topic and trying to find rigorous academic sources. The Wikipedia link of persuasive speech https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Persuasive_speech is not relevant to this ...

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