Self-Application: Social Exchange Theory, And Social Exchange Theory

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Self-Application The following social psychology concepts/theories have added to my understanding of the world and helped me to grow personally. I have observed these concepts, phenomenon, and theories as I interact with others. The fundamental attribution, foot-in-the door phenomenon, chameleon effect, realistic conflict theory, and social exchange theory are widely studied by social psychologists. According to David G., Meyers (2013), the fundamental attribution error is the tendency for observers to overestimate dispositional influences, underestimate situational influences and upon other’s behavior. It is also called correspondence bias because we so often see behavior as corresponding to disposition, (p.103). An example that demonstrates…show more content…
In addition, it suggests that social behavior is the product of an exchange process. In relationships, when the risks outweigh the rewards, individuals will abandon or terminate the social affiliation. For instance, in some relationships benefits matter most, as your friend provides friendship, fun, companionship, and social provisions. Although your friend may be a freeloader, he brings a lot of excitement and fun into your life. When determining the value of friendship, you determine the benefits that positively outweigh the likely costs. In negative relationships, the costs are greater than the benefits. In addition, according to Meyers (2013) the social learning theory assumes that helping, like other social behaviors is motivated by a desire to maximize rewards, which may be internal or external, a feel-good/do-good effect: happy people are helpful people. Do you surmise that it is opportunistic when deciding whether to continue a relationship or helping someone in need by how it hinges on maximizing one’s rewards and minimizing one’s costs? Is this the way Jesus taught us as Disciples of Christ to behave? I think we are to love our neighbors as we wish to be loved or

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