by Heath Nicholson
Social identity suggests that people have a self-concept of themselves that is largely determined by the social group they belong to. For example, the picture below shows several different social groups, and in those groups the members in general will behave, dress, walk, and talk accordingly to their groups. Just for fun, lets try to see if you can identify these groups (answer key is located at the end of the blog).
If you guessed number 3 was a hippy, you did well. The social identity theory can be applied while communicating because it can be a predicter how a person will act. In my opinion, this can also be a hinderance because it assigns personalities to people you have not met. For example, if I were to assume the young lady in picture 2 was just a biker and we would have nothing in common, I probably wouldn’t go out of my way to introduce myself. However, if I looked at her and made no assumptions there is the possibility that I would find with a new friend.
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ANS KEY: 1 – Nerd, 2- Biker, 3-Hippy, 4 – Jock/Bro