PS270 Chapter Notes - Chapter 2: Prefrontal Cortex, Collectivism, Insomnia
Chapter 2 the self in a social world. Examples of the subtle connections between what happens in the world around us and what goes on in our heads: social surroundings affect our self awareness. We notice how we differ and how others are reacting to our difference. If someone is the only member of their gender then they are made aware (example only woman in an executive meeting or in a class: self-interest colours our social judgement. When problems arise in a close relationship such as marriage, we usually attribute more responsibility to our partners than to ourselves. When things go well, we see ourselves as more responsible: self-concern motivates our social behaviour. We also monitor others" behaviour and expectations and adjust our behaviour accordingly: social relationships help define the self. In our varied relationships, we have varying selves. How we think of ourselves is linked to the person we"re with at the moment.