Everyone has a way in which they relate and respond to society and culture. Human beings are social and therefore interact through various relationships with the people around them. All sciences require research, experimentation, and deep study of physical or natural phenomena to come up with conclusions about them. Since social psychology deals with the examination of the social behaviors of people in social relationships, it is true to say that social psychology is a science.
The science deals with how people interact with each other and tries to explain why some interactions happen in a specific manner. Being a combination of sociology and psychology sciences, social psychology leans more on the psychology field. It is because it seeks to explain the behavioral mannerisms that influence social interactions at the societal level. Concurring with that, social psychology is a branch of psychology.
There are several other branches of psychology which include behavioral, clinical, cognitive, counseling, developmental, etc. Social psychology, however, is independent of all these types of psychology as it solely deals with how individuals relate on a social level and their ability to fit in groups. Moreover, this branch is specialized in research on why social injustices such as discrimination and prejudice occur. Understanding such individual views and biases towards friends, family or strangers will help in solving societal and psychological issues that arise.
Lewin’s accomplishments regarding the promotion of social change
Kurt Lewin is a renowned psychologist who dedicated his career to research related to social psychology. He had several achievements during his lifetime that promoted social change. For instance, he came up with his equation, known as Lewin’s equation, which was used in his theory ‘group dynamics’ (Burnes & Bargal, 2017). The equation and theory have helped people to understand the power in unity, and organizations now use group dynamics to motivate employees to work in harmony and cohesion.
The group dynamic theory can be used to stimulate group contributions in schools (Crisp & Turner, 2020), leadership positions at the macro and micro levels, and in team building. It has also helped to motivate people to express themselves and their ideas in group settings, leading to better relations.
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Burnes, B., & Bargal, D. (2017). Kurt Lewin: 70 years on. Journal of Change Management, 17(2), 91-100. doi.org/10.1080/14697017.2017.1299371