Critical and Creative Thinking II
PSY 103/ Introduction to Psychology
December 10, 2014
1. Have you ever changed a strongly held attitude? What caused the change for you? I am fiercely afraid of large animals by nature, but “aggressive” dogs in particular, especially dogs associated with negative behaviors such as Rottweiler’s and Pit Bulls. I had this attitude for as long as I can remember growing up, until my father bought my brother and I a Rottweiler puppy. We nurtured and played with the puppy and watched it grow, and it quickly became a member of the family. Our dog was protective of us, but never hurt myself or anyone else, and changed my attitude towards large dogs. 2. Have you ever done something in a group that you would not have done if you were alone? What happened? How did you feel? What have you learned from this chapter that might help you avoid this behavior next time? I honestly cannot think of a situation where I have done something in a group that I would not have otherwise done by myself. I have always had a strong personality and do not conform easily with the opinions of others simply just because. I do however, conform and obey the laws and social norms mentioned such as standing in line in the movie theatre without pushing/shoving. I do think that the ideal of deindividuation is really interesting. Just because you have done something in a group/crowd, I don’t see how you could feel less personally responsible for your actions, you have still performed an action and still have the same amount of accountability for it as you would had you performed the same action as an individual! 3. How do Milgram’s results- particularly the finding that the remoteness of the victim affected obedience- relate to some aspects of modern warfare? I believe this relates to some aspect of modern warfare because we, as Americans in general, are more willing and likely to attack other countries as...
References: Carpenter, S., & Huffman, K. (2013). Visualizing Psychology (3rd ed.). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.
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