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Building upon our series on the great minds of psychology, we introduce interesting social psychology experiments, including the work of Bandura, Festinger, Tajfel, Weiner and Milgram. Join us for an insightful discussion on how our behavior is influenced by role models, authority figures and group dynamics. We explore:

  • Social Learning and how role models shape behavior using the “Bobo doll”
  • Cognitive Dissonance – how we get uncomfortable when performing tasks that are not in alignment with our values
  • Social Identity Theory – the us v. them mentality and judgments we make on the “out” group
  • Attribution Theory – where we see the locus of control, either internal or external
  • Following authority, Milgram’s Shock Experiment and how ordinary people can do harm to others if authority directs them to do so

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead

Social Psychology Resources:
Milgram Experiment:
Cognitive Dissonance:
Bandura Social Learning Theory:

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Debra Maldonado  00:28 

Hello, welcome to another episode of Soul Sessions with CreativeMind. I’m Debra Berndt Maldonado, here with Dr. Rob Maldonado. We’re here continuing our series on the great minds of psychology. This series has been so popular that actually our downloads have doubled since we entered this concept, this topic. So keep listening, we have much more to go. But before we begin today on our topic of social psychology, we’re going to request that you please subscribe to our channel if you are listening to us on a podcast service, iTunes, Spotify, and other wonderful podcast services. Please be sure to subscribe because this series is juicy. Social psychology, what does it mean? Why don we need to understand it?

Robert Maldonado  01:21

Let’s put it in context. We started out talking about some of the psychodynamic models and people that were important in that school: Anna Freud, Marie von Franz. We went into Maslow and Carl Rogers, the humanist, Erik Erikson, the developmentalist, who was also part of the psychodynamic school that came out of Freud and Jung, as well as Skinner, the behaviorist, very different ways of seeing the mind.

Debra Maldonado  01:59

We also talked about how psychology started in Europe, then America, or the West, the United States, the Americans wanted to put their own spin on it and make it more scientific. Skinner arrived at those experiments, and how that’s always been a hidden battle of between what is the best psychology. Truly, psychology is a science. We’re not trying to say one is better than the other. But we build upon it. As we keep learning and growing, with different perspectives, we start to see a holistic view of humankind and our human mind versus just a fixed view “This is the way it is, we can never change”, really a true science, not “This is fixed.” This is the way, it’s more like “What about this theory? What about that theory?” They build upon each other. Even now, as coaching becomes more popular, it’s borrowing a lot of what we learned in psychology, but how do we use this in a coaching model? It’s evolving the human development into a new era, in our future.

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