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Lecture 6

PSYC 260 Lecture Notes - Lecture 6: Social Comparison Theory, Motivation, Playstation 4

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PSYC 260
Lisa Droogendyk

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Week 6 - The Self & Culture
Mid Term
-Exam 11:30-12:45 (25th)
-Class 1:00-2:20
-Lecture AND Textbook material
-Multiple choice (25) - 1 pt each
-2-3 short answer questions
-Define terms
-provide examples
-explain psychological processes
Short Writing Asignment 2
-Wendesday March 9th
-Choose an article from a newspaper or magazine (online is fine, published before nov 15th
-Describe how a concept from social psychology could contribute to the article
-not journal
-not about psychology
-find an academic article
The Self-Concept
Self awareness theory
Self schema
Looking-glass self
-self enhancement
Important terms
-Self awareness vs self concept
-self awareness: act of thinking about ourselves
-self concept: What we think about ourselves
-content, traits - who you think you are
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-having self concept relies on self awareness
Aspects of the Self-Concept
Personal Level
-Aspects of the self that make us different from others (individual characteristics)
Collective Level
-Aspects of the self that connect us to collections of others (group memberships)
-Student, gender, religion
Relational Level
-Connections to specific other people (interpersonal relationships and our roles)
-an aspect that ties you to a few specific people
-sister, daughter
Self Aspects (identities)
-These are the specific content of the self-concept. Things that describe who I am:
-Personal self aspects:
-Open minded
-Relational Self aspects
-Collective self aspects:
-environmental activist
-psychology instructor
Making sense of our different self-aspects
1. Enduring personality type
2. Most people have at least some c’s and r’s
3. Role of culture
a. Asian backgrounds tend to have more relational and collective self aspects,
western p’s
4. Contextual nature of the self concept
a. We don’t usually act on the basis of all our self concepts at once
b. Might be loud in a hockey game, quiet in a lecture
Salience: the Importance of Uniqueness
-We tend to focus on our unique aspects
-can change in social context
-Students are more likely to mention age, gender, ethnicity
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