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PSYC 215 Lecture Notes - Lecture 2: Tribalism

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PSYC 215
Mark Baldwin

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Lecture 2: Introduction to Social Psychology
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Relationship Termination
The dissolution of a relationship between two people.
What contributes to it?
End of infatuation period
Lack of communication
Difficulty in maintaining relationships (eg: long distance)
How do we react?
Negative feelings
More intense for the dumpee since they have less time to
prepare (can be broken up with out of the blue)
Feelings change overtime
Dissolution through lifespan
Depending on one’s life stage it gets more complex to
terminate a relationship.
It is easier to leave a relationship when you are much
younger and have fewer liabilities.
For example, parents have a lot more factors to think about
when deciding to split up.
It is very difficult to define the parameters of aggression.
What triggers aggression?
Confusion (don’t know what actions to take in a specific
Lack of control in a situation
We have struggled with aggression since the origin of mankind.
Doing something for someone else
Why are we altruistic?
Self interest: To feel good about ourselves; to put up a
public image/manage how we are viewed by others
Line between genuine and self-interest is not very clear.
When are we not altruistic?
Environmental constraints (eg: Time pressure)
Depends on how we feel that day
If we were already altruistic in the day we could choose not
to be later on
Feeling emotional distress of others
What enhances empathy?
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