An Introduction to Social Psychology

An Introduction to Social Psychology

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An Introduction to Social Psychology

An Introduction to Social Psychology

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The psychological study of the social life will probably continue to be known as "social psychology," though the author would prefer to call it "psycho-sociology," or "psychological sociology." Although only half of the total field of theoretical sociology, it is, from the standpoint of practice, by far the most important half, since the solution of all social problems must start with the control of the psychic elements involved. Accordingly, it has seemed to the author that a simple statement of the bearings of modern psychological theories upon the problems of social organization and evolution may be useful as a basis for the construction of general sociological theories, and as an introduction to sociology and the social sciences in general.

A word may be advisable as to the relation of this text to the author's "Sociology in Its Psychological Aspects." In general, it is a simplification and systematization of the theories presented in the latter work, but statements have been brought down to date, a new phrasing has been adopted and new points of view have been developed. The general point of view of this text, however, remains the same as that of the former work; namely, that the explanation of social phenomena is to be sought in the underlying traits and dispositions of the individual, in the influences of the environment which act upon his plastic nature, and in the resultant aims and standards which he develops.

Especial attention has been paid to recent methods developed in psychology and sociology. As regards "objectivism," while the author holds to the objective method in the . . .

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