Social Identity Theory

The social identity theory is based on how we interact and classify groups of people. As humans, we classify people in two groups, us and them. We first categorize the groups of people as that group. We then Identify with whatever group we classify ourselves in and start to act like them. We then compare the group we are in to the other groups we are not in. We see this happen in many social effects such as school, work, events and parties. The group of people we automatically go to is our group while we separate from other groups. In music, we like certain genres of music and we dislike others because it is not like the music we like. For instance, I like Alternative/Indie/classical rock and I dislike rap. I am comfortable with my group of music and I compare it to rap and I say rock is better. In movies, we see the "popular" group as the bad people because there are just a set few people fit in that group and some think the "alternative" group is the bad kid group because many do not fit in that group and it causes us to feel superior or inferior to those groups.

At the beginning of this year, I was new to everything. It was a new school new people type thing. I knew some people from elementary school, but this was high school and me being the transfer student was hard enough. I was the outsider who did not fit in very well at first. As the year went on, I began to classify myself with a group. However, in my school there isn't specific groups. People are more free about going to different groups and spending time with them. The relationships I have had with people are stronger and I am still making new relationships with friends. I am still very strong in my beliefs, but I have seen both sides of arguments and do not mind when others' views are different. I do compare groups of people in my school, but I do go to different people and be friends with them no matter what.

Works Cited

"Social Identity Theory." Social Identity Theory. N.p.: n.p., 2008. N. pag.


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