questions abt social-cognitive theory in personality

1. How do people learn patterns of social behavior?

2. Can people control, or regulate, their own motivation?

3. How should the personality scientist analyze the causes of behavior?

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    Questions about social-cognitive theory in personality.

    1. How do people learn patterns of social behavior?

    According to Social-cognitive theory, by N.E. Miller and J. Dollard and Albert Bandura, WOW!!, behaviours are always learned from models,

    the models(模範) can be those of an interpersonal imitation or media sources, or social reaction.

    If humans are motivated to learn a particular behavior that particular behavior would be learned through clear observations.

    By imitating (模仿) these observed actions the individual observer would solidify that learned action and would be rewarded with positive reinforcement (Miller & Dollard, 1941) (So I wonder why they support the frustration-aggression hypothesis ^_^…).

    Therefore, effective modeling teaches general rules and strategies for dealing with different situations (Bandura, 1988).

    2. Can people control, or regulate their motivation?

    In terms of Social-cognitive theory, individuals have very low/ no control of their motivation. Since Social-cognitive theory is environmental deterministic, that is, our behaviour is governed by the environment. The motivation is the reinforcement of a observed behaviour.

    3. How should the personality scientist analyze the causes of behavior?

    Well, it depends what kind of psychologist u are, if u are a psychodynamic psychologist, u would refer a personality to a person’s psychosexual developmental stage.

    If u r behaviourist (Social-cognitive theory), u may explain cause of behaviour by observation of general rules and strategies for dealing with different situations.

    Not Unlike the big five, these explanations are reductionist. They ignore the complexity in human personality and are oversimplified.

    Psychology is a science of mind…

    I(Or even many psychologists) just wonder can personality be that “scientific”?

    Source(s): Synoptic criticisms
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