INFLUENCES OF CONFORMITY AND OBEDIENCE
Influences of Conformity and Obedience
Dr. Jay Greiner
Applications of Social Psychology
• Make connections between social psychology and other disciplines. Social psychology is closely related to three other disciplines: personality psychology, organizational psychology, and sociology (social work is sometimes confused with social psychology, but it is really more similar to counseling psychology and clinical practice). In general, social psychology differs from personality psychology in that it focuses more on the situational influences of behavior than on individual differences between people; it differs from organizational psychology in that it does not focus specifically on behavior within organizations; and it differs from sociology in that it focuses on the behavior of individuals and small groups more than the behavior of large social systems and societies.
Social Psychology Network
• Discuss the utility of social psychology in the real-world. Social psychology is the study of how we think about, influence, and relate to one another. It includes topics such as persuasion, attraction, prejudice, and gender roles. The world is changing at a rapid pace, and the perspectives of social psychology have never been more important. Relationships are increasingly interdependent, and actions have broad implications beyond small worlds of family, friends, and neighborhood. Social psychology provides insights and findings to explain the rapid changes taking place in the world, from the women’s movement to the search for peace in troubled areas. As a scientifically based view of human behavior, social psychology is applied to many real-world settings, such as the workplace, diplomacy, health, and law and provides a complementary...
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