Week 3 Concept

Social Identity

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).

Can you guess what social group these folks belong to?

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.

Pictures courtesy of:

Jock/Bro – http://thatsstereotypical.blogspot.com/2010/04/just-refresher.html

Hippy – http://unofficialnetworks.com/2011/02/25/hell-week-2/

Biker – http://www.gizmodiva.com/wheels/full_throttle_with_woman_bikers.php

Nerd – http://harkable.com/blog/go-phish-hacking-laid-bare/super-computer-nerd

ANS KEY: 1 – Nerd, 2- Biker, 3-Hippy, 4 – Jock/Bro


One thought on “Week 3 Concept

  1. lorchuev says:

    I love your post, but I just wanted to say that most people would find others categorizing them into social clicks/groups to be more towards a negative prospective of them. Not just trying to identify people as to find out who they’re with/where they are that they would feel the most comfortable, but such as others saying “Oh, this guy’s a jock so he must act like a big shot/snob… I wouldn’t want to be friends with him then.”

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