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Social Psychology

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Running Head: Social Psychology1

Social Psychology
Rebecca Freeman
PSY 301
Dr. Katrina Hilton

Running Head: Social Psychology2
There are many important components of social psychology, and they all fit together. For psychology students, social psychology is probably one of the most important areas in their field of study, because it is the study of human thoughts, feelings, and behavior as they relate to and are influenced by others (Feenstra, 2011). We learn social psychology so that we can better understand people and why they act the way they do. This is very important, especially in the counseling and social work fields.

One of the focuses of social psychology is on discovering who we are. Self-concept is the collection of things you know about yourself-such as your overall cognitive understanding (learned beliefs, attitudes, and opinions) about yourself. Basically, self-concept is what we know about ourselves. The question, “Who am I” describes your self concept.

Self-schemas help us to organize the information we know about ourselves. They help us to organize our self-concept. Self-schemas also affect how we view the world (Feenstra, 2011). An individual who has a self-schema for their job would be able to provide more examples of behaviors related to their job. This leads to the self-reference effect, which is our tendency to remember things that are related to us better than things that are not related to ourselves. Whenever you are in a class, it is helpful to use the self-reference effect because you can relate to new material by applying it to your life, and this causes you to remember it better.

Our self-awareness is our ability to evaluate ourselves. It is the ability to evaluate both the qualities we believe we have and actions we believe we can do. This is what job interviewers usually focus on in job interviews. When they ask what you think your strengths and weaknesses are, they are asking for...