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Social Psychology: Does Prejudice have Psychological benefits? Are they worth it? (Part 3/5)

October 31, 2020 AARUSHI JAIN 0 Comments


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Are they worth it? (Part 3/5)


What motives might affect the extent to which prejudice is felt?
What psychological benefits might people get from expressing prejudice toward particular groups?

This webinar is organized by EMPOWER PEOPLE and the speaker's of this webinar are : Sumati and Mallika Bandyopadhyay on Society Today's Social Psychology series as part of Psych Talk on 31st October, 2020 i.e. Saturday at 8 pm LIVE to find out more about why people fall for displaying prejudice and what psychological gains it holds and let's ponder together whether it is worth it.

Here we recognizes the importance of our thoughts and which enhances are skills and overcome many stages. We  understand the motive of perceived thoughts, what is prejudice and how it affects the skills development. How it is inter-related to the topic of Psychological benefits. How negative thoughts can benefit here?

  What are the Perceived Threat (to Image and interest)?

People want to see their own group positively which in practice means more positively than some other group. When an event threatens people's perceptions of their group's value, they may retaliate by derogating the source of threat. It is also the case that perceiving a threat to our group can lead us to identify more with our in group.

Prejudiced views of an out group allows group members to bolster their own group's image, particularly when it has been threatened. By putting down members of another group, we can affirm our own group's comparative value-and such prejudice is most strongly expressed when threat is experienced.
The mere knowledge of the other group was sufficient to generate name-calling between the two groups of boys. Perhaps simply being a member of a group and identifying with it is sufficient for prejudice to emerge. Here perceived reflects to become aware or conscious(of something); to come to a realization factors. So we need to know the upcoming threats which are discussed above.

How this enhances or reflects the Realistic conflict theory?
The theory further suggests that as competition escalates, the members of the groups involved will come to view each other in increasingly negative terms. They may label each other as "enemies." view their own group as morally superior, draw the boundaries between themselves and their opponents more firmly, and, under extreme conditions, may come to see the opposing group as not even human From this perspective, what starts out as simple competition can escalate into full-scale prejudice.

Competition can intensify conflict, although as you will see, it may not be the most basic cause of conflict between groups.

The participants were attempting to maximize the difference between the rewards given to the two groups. The results of these experiments were shocking at the time because they illustrated how people could be divided into distinct categories on almost any basis, and doing so could result in different perceptions of, and actions toward, us (members of their own group) versus them (members of the other group).

Social identity theory suggests that individuals seek to feel positively about the groups to which they belong, and part of our self-esteem is derived from our social group memberships Since people who are identified with their group are most likely to express favoritism toward their own group and a corresponding bias against out groups, valuing our own group will have predictable consequences for prejudice.

Feeling "fused with our group": Extreme actions to benefit and protect it.
"Identity Fusion"  is the extent to which you see yourself and your group as over lapping
Idea is that people who see themselves as fused with their nation yoke their individual agency to the group and see the group's outcomes as like their own.

So in the crux we understand the importance and can conclude the idea that negative thoughts can build the moral and it's not always about the adverse effects. There are lot of competitions in every areas so we need to acknowledge about our skills out and try to get more benefits out of everything.

Social psychology: Understanding stereotype and prejudice (Part 2/4)

October 24, 2020 OVIYA EZHILVANAN 0 Comments

 Social psychology: Understanding stereotype and prejudice (Part 2/4)

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This webinar conducted by Empower People is a continuation of the first part conducted on October 17th. Ms Sumati talks on how social psychology affects our lives.

She starts the session with a question. Can we be victims of stereotyping and not even recognise it?

1. The case of single people:

   Our society associates certain traits with people who are not married mostly young people and some traits with those who are married.

For example, characteristic traits like independent, lonely, self- centered and immature are some of the traits associated with single people. Traits like mature, stable, kind, happy and loving are associated with married people.

Characteristic traits are meant to deal with an individual and their mentality. Being single or married doesn’t have a say on it. The reason for this inequality not being protested against is the lack of awareness.

The next question she talks about is “why do we form stereotypes?”

The following are the reasons:

·        Schemes

·        A sense that we can predict other’s behaviour

·        They can help us feel positive about our own group identity in comparison to other social groups.

·        Selective attention-conformation bias

·        Subtypes to protect old schemes.

Next, she questions if stereotypes will ever change. Stereotyping will be stable as long as the nature of the intergroup relationship that exists between the groups is stable.

She then speaks of prejudice and feelings toward social groups. There are some important findings based on prejudice.

·        Essences-often, some biologically based feature that distinguishes that group from another serves as a justification for their differential treatment.

·        Prejudice is also based on different emotions.

This session clearly defines the reasons that allow prejudice to prevail in our society.







Know the laws Indian law provisions for crimes against vulnerable groups and women.

October 18, 2020 OVIYA EZHILVANAN 0 Comments

Know the laws Indian law provisions for crimes against vulnerable groups and women.

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Empower people comes up with another webinar to educate all of us about the laws available to protect vulnerable groups and women. In this webinar, we have Ruth Thomas Advocate and Co-Founder, SRT Law Associates, Roseann Rajan, Advocate, Madras High Court. Shruti Sahnmali, Enrolled as an advocate in Bar Council of Delhi. Shivani Nirmal moderates the webinar.

There has been a necessity to bring in laws for women since our ancient days. In case of human trafficking, the buyer and seller are called as traffickers and the subject is human.

Steps in human trafficking:

·        Recruitment

·        Transportation

·        Harbouring

·        Transferor

·        Receiver

Human trafficking is an electrifying issue. However, it is not evident unless an enquiry is done. She requests us to take it serious if any adolescent is missing in our neighbourhood and not consider that she has eloped. There is a lot of trauma associated with human trafficking but it is very important to not keep quite and we must report immediately.

It is important to learn to demarcate between what is an abuse and what is not. It is advisable to serve for the people in our family. The speaker says that this nurtures us as a good person.

Women are treated in an un welcoming manner in their workspace. They are told double meaning jokes, shown pornography, speaking in a sexually inclined manner and so on. Women are not supposed to live adjusting such circumstances. There must be an internal compliance committee in any workstation that has more than ten people. Not having one such system is an offence. If there is no reliance for the victim on this system, the ministry of women and children has a web portal to take such complaints. The portal is

Educated people, NGOs and social workers must take the initiative to educate the people about sexual reproduction. This is to create awareness. It also stops abuses against women, stops child marriage and even put a stop to myths.

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter. So ,it is our responsibility to talk when necessary about such issues.

Social psychology: Stereotyping, prejudice and discrimination-introduction (part 1/4)

October 17, 2020 OVIYA EZHILVANAN 0 Comments

Social psychology: Stereotyping, prejudice and discrimination-introduction (part 1/4)

This webinar is conducted by Empower people to discuss stereotyping, prejudice and discrimination that prevail in our society. This discussion is carried over by Ms.Sumati and Ms. Khayati.

According to the psychologists, stereotype comes under cognitive component. Affective component comprises of the prejudice and behavioural component comprises of discrimination.

Stereotyping: beliefs about social groups

  Stereotypes about groups are the beliefs and expectations concerning what members of those groups are like. Stereotypes can include more than traits, physical appearance and behaviour.

Glass ceiling:

Barriers based on attitudinal or organisational bias that prevent qualified females from advancing to top-level positions.

Example: A news which reads “male troops won’t accept women commanders” is a reflection of barriers in mind that prevent females to excel in their lives.

Objectification in video games:

    The findings about characterisation and appearance of females and males suggest that males who were exposed to the objectified images showed high tolerance for sexual harassment.


    It can refer to hiring based on membership. it can concern a numerically infrequent presence of a particular category.

This is an informative webinars where Ms Sumati throws light on several terms based of stereotyping, prejudice and discrimination.




Psych Talk: Manage your Mental Health with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).

October 10, 2020 OVIYA EZHILVANAN 0 Comments

Psych Talk: Manage your Mental Health with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).

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Empower people has come up with an alarming webinar. Anuradha Karegar, a Counselling Psychologist and Shivani join the webinar to give us the right information.


The webinar starts with the explanation of cognitive behavioural therapy. CBT focuses on the thought process the patient is going through. Patients learn to automatically identify the negative thoughts and recognise how these thoughts affect their behaviour. It is a highly effective therapy. Patients are given homework to make it more effective.


Some signs of low emotional intelligence:


·        Being argumentative

·        Not listening

·        Blaming others

·        Emotional outbursts

CBT is used to solve such issues. CBT triangle was also described.

 The following are some of the CBT techniques:

·        Applied relaxation

·        Journaling

·        Setting goals

·        Guided discussions

·        Cognitive distorted examination

·        Creating rewards and desensitization.


There are some core beliefs that act as inner walls and restrict us from accepting new possibilities in life. The thought- behaviour cycle includes: core belief- negative self talk-cognitive disorders-unhelpful behaviour. It is important to not accept negative comments and thoughts which tend to degrade our potential.

 Light was thrown on topics such as irrational beliefs, irrational thinking , discomfort disturbance and cognitive distortions.

This webinar gives us better takeaways to live a positive life.