Benchmark Social Self – PSY 362 Topic 3

PSY 362 Topic 3 Benchmark Social Self GCU

Benchmark Social Self Details:

For this assignment, you will choose one or two social media platform(s) (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Snapchat, etc.). Once you have chosen, in 500-750 words, do the following:

  1. Evaluate the posts/pages you see through the lens of self-presentation.
  2. Describe the self-enhancement and self-verification motives for self-esteem.
  3. Discuss which motive (self-enhancement or self-verification) is most evident in the sites you viewed. Provide examples, but do not include identifying information (names, handles, gender, etc.).
  4. Discuss if you think these online portraits of people are accurate. Explain your position.
  5. Explain if the prevalence of being exposed to social factors on social media influences individual behavior and the development of the social self, include how it does or does not. Use social psychological terminology to explain your answer.
  6. Discuss the positive and negative aspects associated with social media sites.

To back up your arguments, use two to three scholarly references.

Prepare this Benchmark Social Self assignment using the APA Style Guide, which can be accessible in the Student Success Center. It is not necessary to submit an abstract.

A rubric is used in this Benchmark Social Self assignment. Please study the rubric before beginning the assignment to ensure that you understand the requirements for a successful completion.

This Benchmark Social Self assignment must be submitted to LopesWrite. Please refer to the Student Success Center for instructions.

The following programmatic ability is assessed in this benchmark assignment: SOC 1.1: Explain how group and societal social elements influence individual behavior and the development of the social self.


PSY 362 Topic 3 DQ 1

Consider something you feel strongly about, perhaps something you love or hate, or a particularly strong attitude for or against something. Describe this attitude along the three elements of affect, cognition, and behavior.

PSY 362 Topic 3 DQ 2

Assume that an individual engages in behaviors that are in conflict with their stated religious beliefs, and they experience dissonance. What impact might this have on their beliefs? What might allow people to productively resolve that dissonance?

PSY 362 Topic 4 DQ 1

What are two reasons that appear to explain why people so often mimic one another? How might each of these processes function differently in different cultures? Provide examples.

PSY 362 Topic 4 DQ 2

How are both the power of the situation and the power of the person evident in the results of Asch’s conformity research? Explain.

PSY 362 Topic 5 DQ 1

What are Robert J. Sternberg’s (in “Construct Validation of a Triangular Love Scale”) three components of intimate relationships? Is it necessary for all three to be present in an intimate relationship? How do relationships that vary on these components differ from each other?

PSY 362 Topic 5 DQ 2

Using social exchange or equity theory, what are the elements that affect our willingness to stay in a relationship? Explain how these elements affect our choices.

PSY 362 Topic 6 DQ 1

 Research on the relation between religion and prejudice is well summarized by Gordon Allport: “The role of religion is paradoxical. It makes prejudice and it unmakes prejudice.” In your opinion, do you agree, and, if so, why might this be true? If you do not agree, explain your reasoning.

PSY 362 Topic 6 DQ 2

Prejudice has traditionally been assumed to be the product of some form of malice, brought about by social or emotional forces. In recent years; however, there has been increasing research on how prejudice can result from cognitive processes, without malicious intent. Discuss how and why cognitive processes can produce prejudice. Once stereotypes and prejudices are formed, how do they come to be self-perpetuating?

PSY 362 Topic 5 Dating Profile

Use the document “Online Dating Profile” to complete the assignment.Use two to three scholarly resources to support your explanations.This assignment uses a rubric. Please review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the expectations for successful completion.You are required to submit this assignment to LopesWrite. Please refer to the directions in the Student Success Center.PSY362-RS-OnlineDatingProfile.docx