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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


 REPORT ON Social Psychology: Does Prejudice have Psychological benefits? 
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.