Understanding Social Psychology: Personality Study and the Sense of Self
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The Inside of 3 Panels
Social Psychology: Panel 1. Applications
The social psychology branch of psychology is concerned with people’s interactions, their influence on others and the ways they interpret and perceive social situations. Social psychology has many applications.
- Understanding the dynamics of group behaviour
- Investigation of prejudice, discrimination and stereotyping
- Explore the Dynamics of Social Influence and Persuasion
- The study of how people and groups decide
- Analysis of the factors leading to attraction in relationships and interpersonal relations
- Culture and social behaviour: An examination
- Social media, technology and social behaviour: An investigation
Panel 2: Personality Theories
Personality refers to the set of unique traits, characteristics and attitudes which define an individual. The study of personality psychology is an examination of the differences between individuals and their impact on behavior. Personality theories include the following:
- Trait theory: According to this theory, personality is defined by certain traits and characteristics which are constant in different circumstances.
- The psychoanalytical theory is based on childhood experience and unconscious processes.
- Behavioral Theory: This theory emphasizes environmental factors and the learning experience in shaping personality.
- Humanistic theory: This theory focuses on the individual’s subjective experience and their innate desire for self-actualization and personal growth.
- The social-cognitive model: It emphasizes cognitive processes and the importance of personal agency, as well as social learning.
Panel 3: Personality & the Sense Of Self
The sense of self is a person’s perception of themselves and their identity. As it influences the way people think, act, and feel, the personality is directly related to their sense of themselves. Understanding one’s own personality can help individuals develop a better sense of self and navigate their relationships with others. Some factors which contribute to developing a strong sense of self are:
- Genetics and Biology
- Childhood experiences and family upbringing
- Culture and social influences
- Events and experiences of daily life
Back Center Panel: Personality & the Sense of Self
Both the personality and sense of self are tightly intertwined. The sense of self and personality are closely related. Developing a better understanding of one’s own personality can help individuals develop a stronger sense of self and build more fulfilling relationships with others.
Back Left Panel: Psychologists who offer therapy/services related to social and personal psychology
Social and personality psychologists can help individuals with problems related to social behavior, personality and self-esteem. These psychologists include:
- Clinical psychologists
- Counseling psychologists
- Social psychologists
- Psychologists who specialize in personality
- Developmental psychologists
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