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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Starting 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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Why do we tolerate jerk but successful people?

I need a theory to explain the following scenario. Would you refer me to any theory or a body of literature, please? Have you ever watched House, M.D, an American medical drama television series? If ...
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Why does a lot of victims of abuse tend to avoid confrontation?

I have known a few abuse victims (mental abuse more than physical abuse). One common trait among all of these people are they would go to any length to make peace. Usually their abusers use this ...
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Personality trait in coach communication

What personality trait(s) are showing how someone prefers the coach to express in their communication? ex: Personal Training: the trainer can be more aggressive, known as "the drill sergeant"...
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How would you explain within sociological theory the phrase “You are making a scene!”, when an individual drops its act/role in public?

Since there is not sociology stackexhange to my knowledge, I believed it would be the best to post this question here. From sociological theory it is conceptualized by Erving Goffman that individuals ...
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Do all those different compartmentalised mental health conditions truly exist? Is not just a case of shyness levels? [closed]

Anxiety disorders panic disorder obsessive-compulsive disorder Depression bipolar disorder Personality disorders Post-traumatic stress disorder Phsychosis schizophrenia What is it with all those "...
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Does the Milgram experiment produce different results for people who believe the final voltage is deadly?

Link to Wikipedia article on the experiment. This line in the first paragraph catches my eye: These fake electric shocks gradually increased to levels that would have been fatal had they been real. ...
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How can positive and negative mindsets influence interpersonal relationships with others?

I want to know how positive and negative mindset can influence interpersonal relationships with others. For example: if you have a negative mindset, would people not want to relate with you?
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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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At what age are 95% of people mentally able to give consent?

People under the age of consent still lack the mental ability to give informed consent. but the age of consent varies across countries and states from puberty in Yemen to 15 / 16 / 17 / 18 ( France, ...
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What is a background assumption? [closed]

What is meant by background assumption?
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Is it possible that listening same music with your partner can synchronize emotionally?

Music forces us to feel emotions. Some music calms us, some music give us energy. What emotions music makes us feel can be different in each person but generally gives same emotions to us. We have ...
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Revenge attitude: is it innate or acquired in human

I am trying to understand what is the root cause for revenge? I understand anger is caused by the gap between expectation/anticipation and the reality. But as to revenge, I am not satisfied just with ...
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Offical studies/papers of relationship evaluation in mobile apps

There is this heise article https://www.heise.de/ct/artikel/Die-Psycho-Tricks-der-App-Entwickler-4547123.html (unfortunatley in German) talking about manipulative mechanisms in mobile apps. He is ...
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What factors influence the perception of cultural superiority?

Whether or not a culture was considered superior was posited as a reason some empires endured. In the book the grand chessboard, "Rome’s imperial power, however, was also derived from an important ...
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Concept of shared experience

Michael Stevens/VSauce summarized one aspect he realized after a 3 days isolation experiment as follows: .. being able to talk to people and share my experiences - I realized how important that ...
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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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Any conclusive statement on the controversial book The Bell Curve

The Bell Curve: Intelligence and Class Structure in American Life, an empirical study arguing for IQ correlations with success, genes and race apparently sparked a big controversy in the US since 1992 ...
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Sublimation & Cathexis

I was aware about a term called Sublimation. Recently, I came along a word called Cathexis. After looking for its meaning in the dictionary, I realised, that it is not the synonym of Sublimation ...
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Nocebo Viral Epidemic

If one had sufficient control of the correct institutions, how difficult would it be to create a "pandemic" that is simply a result of the nocebo effect? In other words, can the nocebo effect have ...
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Does the Dunning-Kruger effect still work the same if the incompetent person is aware of this effect?

Is it possible for an incompetent person to reevaluate his abilities (to become more realistic about his abilities) when finding about the Dunning-Kruger effect?
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How can you know if someone would commit acts of cruelty under conducive circumstances?

Are there any diagnostics for determining who would for example be a Nazi if they had been there at the time? What psychological factors does it depend on?
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What are some books on social interaction?

Are there any really firmly established findings in the applied science of social interaction in terms of strategies or insights that people can make use of to somehow change social outcomes? The idea ...
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What is the motivation model behind StackExchange?

I noticed that I didn't sleep yesterday for no reason and spent the whole night to answer questions in one of the communities in here. Why did I do this? I still come here every hour and check if ...
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Is there any formal understanding of how humans perceive humanity/vitality in other entities?

When humans watch animations which contain human-like characters in them, we seem to imagine that the animated individuals, whether they be photorealistic or mere stick figures, are human, or at least ...
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Why does asking opinion helps making choices? [closed]

You probably notice that you have have choice to make but you feel no preference for a certain option, you tend to ask for others opinion. When they give their opinion, you certainly noticed that you ...
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How widespread is learned-helplessness in society?

Looking at these resources: Wikipedia, Learned helplessness Christopher Peterson, Learned Helplessness, 2010 Mario Mikulincer, Human Learned Helplessness: A Coping Perspective, 2013 I'm still unable ...
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To what extent is scapegoating correlated with personality?

The Wikipedia article on scapegoating is rather thin on correlates, but has plenty of "pure" theories as to what causes scapegoating, not backed by much if any evidence, even correlational. So what ...
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Do workplace teams pass off criticism because of the power of the team?

I've observed in my workplace that if you instruct/criticise/feedback a department or a team the individuals in the team don't appear to take it to heart or onboard as its clearly not aimed at them, ...
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Are there any distinctions in the definitions of quality, personality, characteristics, and traits?

Are there any epistemological differences in the definitions of quality, personality, characteristics, and traits? Meaning, are there any justified distinctions concerning the usage of these words in ...
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Why do people seem to do the opposite of what they were told regardless if their actions have repercussions or not?

In My Country Uganda, we are put under total lockdown. a curfew was imposed that starts at 7 Pm, but on the contrary, when it clocked 7 PM, people were not in their houses but rather on the verandas ...
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How could defense mechanisms be practically leveraged to be better at dealing with negative people?

I was watching Shutter Island when I first heard this expression "Defense Mechanism" Now I'm wondering how those could be used to deal more effectively and healthily with toxic/negative people. For ...
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Does Anchoring fall under any of Robert Cialdini's influence buckets?

Robert Cialdini discusses 7 major influence buckets in his 2 books (Influence, Pre-suasion) Being: Social Proof. Personal Consistency & Commitment. Authority. Unity. Reciprocity. Scarcity. ...
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Why is toilet paper out of stock around the world during the coronavirus outbreak?

Ok, I am not going to fuss around the issue. The question is simple, but the internet is oozing with self-proclaimed behavioral scientists answering the question and it's hard to find a good, ...
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What is the name of the condition of Humbert towards Lolita?

In the Lolita movie, when Humbert was 14 years old he had a relationship with a 14-year-old girl, but then she gets sick and dies, and this marks him for life, because we see that even at 50 he still ...
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Beginner Psychology book recommendation [duplicate]

Iam looking for a way to find out if psychology would be the right topic for my studies. While I talked to alot of people and feel like it would be for me I want to start learning about the topic at ...
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Has a psychology of addiction been developed as a theory?

I am interested in the Alcoholic's Anonymous approach to treating addiction to alcohol and I am wondering if the significant advances in both psychology and the biological study of physiology have ...
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Gutenberg technology effects on human psyche

McLuhan is claiming that Gutenberg technology was the reason of human psyche fragmentation, primitivism and social conformism. I am trying to find links between Gutenberg technology and the phenomenon ...
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“Being of the same mind” as a scientific concept

Folk psychology knows and uses the concept of "being of the same mind" that often is supposed to explain why two people find themselves sympathic or like (or even love) each other. "Being of the same ...
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Why some people feel afraid to ask questions?

Suppose, someone wants to know something about a topic. To know better me must ask questions to others about the topic. But, there are some people who have a great curiosity for the knowledge but ...
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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" humans and "feminine" humans, ...
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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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Death caused by “Failure to Thrive” (FTT)

This question, whilst to a degree can be seen as "common sense" in some respects, has puzzled me in other ways. Looking at the situations where Failure to Thrive (FTT) can cause death, even ...
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Is there a term in psychology that describes being involved in something to a point of finding beauty in it?

More appropriately I am Looking for a word that describes fetishizing(placing too much importance in) something that you are involved with to a point of finding beauty in it i.e. the illusion of ...
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Psychology behind for historical bias

There is lot of movement in India currently going on rewriting history dealing with topics such as Aryan Invasion Theory and Ramayana and Mahabharatha I am guessing similar such ideas may be around ...
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Can willpower be trained?

Is willpower a well defined psychological concept? If yes, can it be trained? Clearly we can train willpower for some certain case, such as long distance running by say, distracting and ...
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Terror management theory: Is this a valid conclusion based on the conducted experiment?

I am currently reading the book ‘The Worm at the Core: On the Role of Death in Life’. I have to say that I am a bit skeptical about many of the statements posed, and I’m trying to identify why that is,...
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What predicts the severity of rejection pain?

A number of studies show that social rejection causes actual pain. Is there a study that focuses on finding the personality dimensions that predict the amount of such pain? For example, is there a ...
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How would I know if I've been brainwashed?

Thinking about the "re-education" camps in parts of the world. They attempt to replace one idiology in you head with another and is considered brainwashing. On the other hand, the first idiology got ...
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Zimbardo’s Stanford prison experiment with women

In the (in)famous experiment by psychologist Zimbardo at Stanford, also called the Stanford Prison Experiment, my understanding is that only males were selected. Is there any other analogous ...

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