Lecture 6 Prejudices – INTERGROUP RELATIONS
• Intergroup relations – the way groups interact with each other, how they think about
each others. The focus is now on groups.
• When you identify with a group, your sense of self gets connected to being a member
of the group. This is b/c the self esteem and self identity are deeply connected to the
degree that we assign our traits to the group, we think that other group members
are similar to us; we also adopt stereotypical traits, about our own group. The social
identity happens because they are part of a group. We want to feel good about
ourselves. 1) through our own acts 2) through having a positive social identity, by
having a great group, or by putting down other groups (by comparing your group to
• When the self esteem is low, when our social group identity is threatened, we use
this tool to put down other groups, to see them in a worse light, etc.
• In order to feel better about ourselves, we cannot see the (+) things, or we cannot see
harm in our out groups.
• 1) When we compare our group with other groups, we