Fall 2007

Self and Social Identity

Listed in: Psychology, as PSYC-41


Robert C. Foels (Section 01)


People identify themselves in various ways, including personal traits (e.g., smart), relationships (e.g., friend), and group membership (e.g., ethnicity). The self, therefore, consists of three main aspects: personal, relational, and social. The self historically has been viewed in Western society in terms of personal aspects only. However, social psychological research increasingly has demonstrated that the other aspects of the self play an important role in interpersonal interactions and psychological well-being. This course examines all three aspects of the self, with an emphasis on more social aspects. The course also examines the role of social identity in intergroup relations, that is, how one's group membership influences beliefs about, and interactions with, other groups. Requisite: Psychology 20. Limited to 15 students. First semester. Professor Foels.