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Lecture 2 PSYCH
Defining Social Psychology
“Social psychology is what those who call themselves social psychologists choose to
study”
What they think is important to study is the preoccupations of upper middle
class people
Individuals in a social context
Everything we do is social
Comparing social psychology to sociology and anthropology
How social psychology relates to psychology- traditional/ view
Psychology focuses on the individual (interfacing with others), sociology-
how many moving in and out (anonymous big numbers- microanalysis),
anthropologists- state they study a whole culture but only survey one person
(wrong)
Psychology is in the faculty of science
Part of psychology incorporates perception motivation learning ect, as a
social concept
Addressing fundamental human concerns- justice, hatred abuse ect
Scientists live in an ivory tower- live isolated state of mind- removed from
reality, experiments= irrelevant
Defense- theory is important, dreaming up the idea is important, every
interaction is guided by theory but it is not discussed
Assuming everyone is good with the few bad, or not trusting anyone and
assuming everyone is bad
Everyone has a theory of humanity that guides you- when you meet someone
you trust them and till they prove otherwise (VICE VERSA)
Sometimes theorizing occurs when we are not conscious of it
If the issue we go after is important have to get it right, if you get it wrong it
will cost lives- important in social aspects
THEORIES ARE IMPORTANT
Must theorize for social matters
Theory is the only thing that changes the world
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Social psychology is what those who call themselves social psychologists choose to study . What they think is important to study is the preoccupations of upper middle class people. Comparing social psychology to sociology and anthropology. How social psychology relates to psychology- traditional/ view. Psychology focuses on the individual (interfacing with others), sociology- how many moving in and out (anonymous big numbers- microanalysis), anthropologists- state they study a whole culture but only survey one person (wrong) Psychology is in the faculty of science. Part of psychology incorporates perception motivation learning ect, as a social concept. Addressing fundamental human concerns- justice, hatred abuse ect. Scientists live in an ivory tower- live isolated state of mind- removed from reality, experiments= irrelevant. Defense- theory is important, dreaming up the idea is important, every interaction is guided by theory but it is not discussed. Assuming everyone is good with the few bad, or not trusting anyone and assuming everyone is bad.

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