Chapter 1 introduction from the person and the situation: Social psych rivals philosophy in its ability to teach people that they do not truly understand the nature of the world. Text represents an attempt to reconcile common sense and common experience with the empirical lessons and challenges that lie at the core of social psychology. An overview of social psychology s primary scientific and intellectual contributions serves to challenge, reform and expand common sense. Scenario- man walking across campus to a meeting sees someone slumped in doorway asking for help. Most people would say that they cannot make a sensible and confident prediction without knowing more about the man. In fact nothing you would know or could lean about the person would help to make your prediction more likely. Research has proven that in this and most other novel situations we cannot predict with any accuracy how people will respond.