Social psychology works to understand how we as individuals our thoughts, feelings, and actions are influenced by the real or imagined social dynamics of others around us. Personal interactions, group dynamics, interpersonal attraction, persuasion, implicit bias, and even a sense of self are all better understood through a lens of social psychology. Learning how we interact with others and how others influence us help us make decisions that better reflect our true desires, boundaries, and authenticity.
Written for psychology students, Social Psychology For Dummies is an accessible and entertaining introduction to the field. Social Psychology For Dummies follows a typical university course, which makes it the perfect reference if you’re in need of a clear (and enjoyable) overview of the topic.
If you’ve ever felt ineffective, invisible, or inarticulate, chances are you weren’t actually any of those things. Those feelings may instead have been the result of a lack of awareness we all seem to have for how our words, actions, and even our mere presence affect other people.
Research shows that people tend to default to trusting others over distrusting them, believing them over doubting them and going along with someone’s self-presentation rather than embarrassing them by calling them out.
Winner of the 2015 Book Prize for the Promotion of Social and Personality Science (Society for Personality and Social Psychology) Why are we sometimes blind to the minds of others, treating them like objects or animals instead? Why do we talk to our cars, or the stars, as if there is a mind that...