Posts filed under: Identity Theories

Self-Perception Theory (Bem)

Summary: Self-perception theory describes the process in which people, lacking initial attitudes or emotional responses, develop them by observing their own behavior and coming to conclusions as to what attitudes must have driven that behavior. Originators and Key Contributors:  Psychologist...
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Social Identity Theory (Tajfel, Turner)

Summary: Social identity theory proposes that a person’s sense of who they are depends on the groups to which they belong. Originators and Key Contributors: Social identity theory originated from British social psychologists Henri Tajfel and John Turner in 1979....
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Mindset Theory – Fixed vs. Growth Mindset (Dweck)

Mindset Theory Your intelligence and other characteristics – where do they come from?  Can they change? People vary in the degree to which they attribute the causes of intelligence and other traits.  Are they innate and fixed factors (“fixed” mindset) or...
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Narcissism (Kernberg)

Summary: Kernberg describes the significance of object-relations on self-esteem regulation and pathological narcissism. Originator: Otto F. Kernberg (1928-present), Austrian-American psychoanalyst and psychiatrist Keywords: pathological narcissism, normal adult narcissism, object-relations Otto Kernberg’s Theory on Narcissism...
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Erikson’s Stages of Development

Summary: An eight stage theory of identity and psychosocial development Erik Erikson (1902 -1994), a German-born American psychoanalyst. Key Terms: Erikson’s stages, psychosocial, development...
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Self-Theories (Dweck)

Summary: Carol Dweck and others have Identified two implicit theories of intelligence. Those learners who have an "entity" theory view intelligence as being an unchangeable, fixed internal characteristic. Those who have an "incremental" theory believe that their intelligence...
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