Social Psychology

Underestimated the Environmental Influence

I was asked about how one could identify his true self. Despite the paradigm shift, psychology fellows generally believe that individuals tend to behave situationally based on the context.

Let’s see this example. To compare the poor Cinderella sweeping floor at home obediently with the elegant and attractive beauty she presented in the grand ball. Even the love-struck Prince couldn’t recognize the ordinary Cinderella at first glance when he was looking for the owner of the glass slipper at her home. This fairy tale suggested how we could differently behave in diverse context, such as Cinderella was timid at home but charming in the grand ball, in addition, how our perception could be influenced by the environment, for instance, the Prince failed to single Cinderella out under different circumstances.

It may be the reason why Jean-Paul Sartre, French philosopher and novelist, said human could not be extricated from environment which formed and decided our plausible acts. To investigate how the present of others may influence people under varied conditions, social psychology applies scientific studies by conducting experiments or filling out psychometric scales to try to have a better understanding of human behaviours.

By observing our own acts, we do behave differently when we hang around with parents, lovers, friends, colleagues, clients or acquaintances. If our behaviours are situational, do we really have true self?

人在不同環境下,會作出不同的行為。例如我們跟父母、朋友、同事、或伴侶在一起時,都會有不同的行為。有時我們會忽略環境對人的影響,只針對個人特質以評論某人行為的對錯。社會心理學就人與人之間互相影響的心理與行為作研究,亦發現環境對人有莫大影響。

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3 thoughts on “Underestimated the Environmental Influence

  1. 人靠衣裳馬靠鞍。

    無奈之下,人是睇表面的動物。

    P.S. 一個兩歲的小朋友已經懂得在不同環境之下,做出不同個性。 係陌生地方扮嗮乖。XD

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