Social Influences on Behavior

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Social Influences on Behavior
PSY 300

We as humans behave in certain ways at different times and in different places. Our social surroundings and the people or things in it influence the way we think, act, talk, and sometimes our feelings. Because humans are social animals, human behavior is strongly influenced by the behavior of other humans. This influence is often direct. When we interact with others, they provide direct input for our own thinking and doing (Aarts, Dijksterhuis). This paper will discuss certain situations where parents try to raise their children and discipline them in the same ways as they were disciplined as a child. They will teach them how to prevent being defiant, acting out, and prevent fearfulness from certain things. Also discussed in this paper will be how a social situation or environment plays a role in the effects alcohol has on a person and the actions they portray. As we grow through life we learn how behavior changes based on our social environment. Social psychology is the study of how people’s thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are influenced by the actual, imagined, and implied presence of others (Carpenter and Huffman). We begin our development of ourselves through various experiences and behaviors to find what is considered acceptable. We will discuss the parent/child relationship when it comes to the discipline of behavior as well as the relationship between the different behaviors of a sober person versus a drunk person. PARENT AND CHILD

When looking at a parent and child relationship and discipline of behavior we see that parents are most likely to discipline their child or children in the same way as they were disciplined as a child. The children may be disciplined for the same behaviors as the parent were if they were to mimic such behavior. This would be an example an example of a mimicry for the parent. Mimicry helps one to learn vicariously from the experience of conspecifics or...
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