Five years from now when I look back on my first year of college and think about my first psychology class the topic that will stand out most to me is social psychology. Not only did I think of chapter 13 as the most interesting one in the book, its toughest competitors being chapters 14 and 15, but the lecturer for this section, Professor Gonzales, is also pretty memorable as well. This chapter explained so many horrific happenings of history that it has ingrained itself into my mind. I never understood how people could walk past or ignore someone being attacked, or how Hitler could have formed such a large following and have his soldiers obey every command, or how a cult could be lead to suicide by their eccentric leader, but social psychology really shed some light on all of these topics and how, from a psychological view, they ever could have happened and could end up happening again. Social psychology looks at the bigger picture not concentrating on the individual human body, brain, or personality but how the operating of individuals in society can create a population that becomes an entity all on its own. Besides that the chapter provides a kind of defense mechanism by providing enough information about the topics, like mass hysteria, groupthink, even obedience if it's necessary, that someone who understands the information can figure out how to avoid them.
Memorable Psychology Topic
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