If I had to pick one chapter or concept from psychology that I will remember, it would be the social psychology. No, I did not pick this simply because it was a more recent chapter; I genuinely find the topic interesting. Particularly I will remember the concept of conformity, tendency of people to alter their behavior as a result of group pressure, and its sub-topic groupthink, the emphasis on group unanimity at the expense of critical thinking. It is interesting to see how groups influence an individual, especially through the Asch studies and other examples provided in the book. After reading this section on conformity and groupthink, I can recall things that I have seen or done in a social setting, and think of how the "group" influenced actions or decisions. I would have never thought of these things in terms of psychology, but now I realize how conformity really has a huge impact in everyday sorts of things. Also, I thought cults were interesting and bizarre--I never really understood how they came about, but now I understand that they are an extreme result of groupthink. It is fascinating to see the effects that conformity and groupthink have, and how important and interesting social psychology really is!
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