Gaining simple understanding of just the basic principals of social psychology will offer significant insight to the behaviors present in yourself and others.
Thoroughly investigating these behaviors and how they change within a group setting, under the pressure of persuasion and conformity, or in accordance to our attitudes towards others, can give an accurate predictor into the psyche of the social being. The contributing factors within this study have been outlined within the articles of this topic. They will leave little question as to how the area of social psychology is a critical part of understanding human behaviors.
The study of social psychology has been very revealing of human behaviors and an explanation into why they occur. The many different components that contribute to a person’s social self, the attitudes and behaviors that occur, are due to both internal and external factors that rely on social psychology for a clear translation. Without social psychology we would have little insight as to why people behave the way they do and no understanding of the elements involved. Social psychology is the future of explaining human behavior and will allow for many more monumental breakthrough’s to come.
Given the way the world is today, the future of social psychology has many new avenues in which to explore with ever changing personalities of different cultures. I predict the field of social psychology will begin to delve into the relevant issues of today. Terrorists, for one, would be intriguing subjects to study and see where social psychology can be applied to their actions and decisions. I also would like to see more in-depth studies done on drug/alcohol addiction that is geared towards the social psychology aspect of the addict. I have seen many studies on the genetic and environmental (nature vs nurture) attributes to the disease of addiction but having been an addict I know that the main issues lies within the social aspect of the addict’s life. I would like to see a ground breaking study being done on a social aspect of addiction that can create a roadmap as to how to avoid, or escape, the disease.