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Essentials of Social Psychology

By: Wind Goodfriend,The Great Courses
Narrated by: Wind Goodfriend
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Publisher's Summary

Every interaction you have with people, each day of your life, involves social psychology. For those of us who have struggled to fit in or wish we received more invitations to socialize, this relatively new field of study can be eye-opening when it comes to gaining a better understanding of the basics of human interactions.  

In this illuminating Audible Original, Professor Wind Goodfriend explores the various facets of social psychology, including how we form personal identities, the importance of perceptions, the human need to be liked and respected, stereotypes and prejudices, and more. 

Social psychology can be both fascinating in its own right and, ideally, applicable to your everyday life. It can offer you insights into how you relate to others in your friendships, how other people make judgments about you, how to get others to help you, how to manage your anger and aggression, what power of persuasion you have at your fingertips, and so much more.

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About the Creator and Performer

Dr. Wind Goodfriend is a Full Professor of Psychology at Buena Vista University. She also serves as the Chair of Social Sciences, Director of the Gender & Women’s Studies Program, and Principal Investigator of the Institute for the Prevention of Domestic Violence. Dr. Goodfriend earned her master’s degree and doctorate in social psychology from Purdue University. She is the author or editor of 10 books, including four textbooks. Her first textbook, Social Psychology, won the Most Promising Textbook of the Year Award in 2019 from the Textbook and Academic Authors Association. She has also won several teaching awards, including the Wythe Teacher of the Year, one of the nation’s largest teaching prizes at the university level. Dr. Goodfriend’s research focuses on relationship violence, prejudice toward sexual and gender minorities, and how psychology is portrayed in popular culture.

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A Solid Intro to an Important Field

Goodfriend provides a solid, easily followed, introduction to the field of social psychology. The best chapter was Lecture 7 on Conformity and Blind Obedience in which Goodfriend explores some well known experiments on people to see how far they would follow orders and what would happen when the “rules” were removed. It’s a disturbing lecture, but there was also some reassuring moments when she examines responses by people who bucked the majority and stood up for what they thought was right. The best single moment in the series is at the end of the final lecture when the author explores the very famous case of Kitty Genovese who was stabbed a very large number of times over a half an hour period while dozens of people—her neighbors—listened and did nothing. I’ve read about this case in textbooks and seen it pop up again and again in popular literature and shows. This was the first time, however, that I ever heard the counter story. Kitty was not ignored by everyone. One neighbor intervened shouting from his window until the assailant ran away. Another called the police (it was pre 911) only to be told the police already knew about the incident. And a third went out to hold her friend while she died waiting for medical help. Reporters apparently admitted to editing their stories to make the neighbors appear more callous and brutal so that they could sell more papers. This is a good set of lectures.

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Good Introduction to Social Psychology

This is a really good introduction to social psychology for someone with limited knowledge of the subject. I was surprised to find that much of the subject matter was a review for me. I had a psychology course in college but I think I've learned much of the subject matter covered over the years in the many science podcasts I listen to. For this reason I probably didn't make much of an impact on me. Someone with limited exposure would really enjoy this I think, and might even be blown away by some of the studies highlighted and by the explanations of why our brains work the way they do. The author, Dr. Wind Goodfriend, is a Professor of Psychology and Chair of Social Sciences at Buena Vista University. She writes in a down-to-earth and easy to understand style, and mixes in plenty of humor. She also narrates the Audible book I listened to. It is a *free* Audible Original at this time.

This is a collected group of lectures by the author, which starts out with a short history of psychology followed by nine chapters focusing on individual topics. The author uses a number of case studies and real life examples to illustrate the particular subjects. A lot of the subject matter is really relevant today given the political climate in the US and the many social issues that are currently in the news.

Here are the nine chapters after the initial history chapter, each one about a half hour long:
2. The Self in a Social World
3. Logic vs. Intuition
4. Perceiving Others
5: The Art of Persuasion
6. When Groups Help and Hurt
7. Conformity and Blind Obedience
8. Stereotypes and Prejudice
9. Understanding Aggression
10. Helping Others: The Questions of Altruism

As you can see, many of the topics are things we deal with everyday. Even though it felt like a review I liked it and would recommend to anyone with a limited knowledge of social psychology.

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Woke Agenda

The lectures were interesting and the explanation of various studies were helpful. Unfortunately, author used the book as an opportunity to push an agenda from her soapbox. This detracted from the science. A lot of cherry picking of studies that supported her opinions. Could have been pure science, but alas, I guess it was too much of a temptation to push an agenda instead of helping people.

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Too many statistics and studies

Got that book to learn about strategies to implement however this book is full of studies and results not enough strategies. Disappointing

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Professional terminology made accessible

I am not a college student but I love continuing learning so The Great courses is my preferred audio company to go first for a new audiobook. I am so glad they refresh their repertoire with new professors and new lectures.
In this audiobook you will find the whole package- of material well selected, well presented and made very interesting from first to last minute. Every classification is supported by a good definition and a brief description of the scientific experiments made to prove the theory of the day.
Like I said, I am not studying the subject professionally but my interest in the matter is now provoked.
I would study with this professor any further material, she offers in the future.

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Great Topic

Excellent content, thought provoking, presentation, historically referenced, and timely. Wanting to listen closely and to listen a second time.

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Enjoyed!

Cool book to listen to and the concepts described were very on point! Will recommend

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I learned a lot

Fantastic. The final story was heartbreaking and bittersweet. I highly recommend this audiobook. I’m a psychology major and I’ll be using this as a source in some of my coursework.

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Worth to listen

Nice book. Worth listening. Well narrative and really helpful for everyday life. Listen the book, won’t regret

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Love the subject.

I found this book to be a good refresher of a social psychology course I took in college. I feel like the author narrated the story very well and you can tell she has passion for the subject. I also appreciated her transparency and references from real life stories, some of which were her own.

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  • Gerry Lynch
  • 10-25-22

A little superficial.

Not up to Great Courses usual standard.  I found the lecturer a little bit light and liberal.   Matt Lieberman handled the subject much better. One notable omission was the Southern states having toxic masculinity, with no further explanation.  Southern States mainly settled by Irish and Scottish immigrants who come from livestock farming backgrounds therefore more assertive by nature than arable farmers

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-03-22

Informative

Interesting and somewhat controversial topics which both educate and question human interactions and the ethics of studies into the human condition.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-30-22

Such a worth while listen

This course has helped me understand so many aspects of our own human nature as well as group dynamics. Will change the way you approach so many facets of your life, and arm you with great knowledge!

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  • Sam B.
  • 11-30-22

Little boring but a good read!

If you're like me (ADHD) then you may find it hard to be captivated by the performance of the narrarator.
Apart from that the book is pretty much as to be expected, Completely covering the Essentials of social psychology!

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  • Louise
  • 11-08-22

Loved it

This was very interesting and a great mix of technical information and accessible language. The author/narrator did a great job and has a pleasant style. I learned a lot and this really is one of the best “Great Courses” I have tried.

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  • DDD
  • 11-02-22

Entertaining and concise

This book made catching up on what I did in university great fun. The course was entertaining and to the point which is exactly how I like it.

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  • Candy
  • 10-08-22

Kept me engaged and informed

I enjoyed listening to this audible book. It gives a brief understanding of social psychology and is great for self development.

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  • Aaron Kennedy
  • 10-04-22

Great intro to the subject.

I found the information in this course both interesting and enlightening. The case studies offered where valuable and relevant.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-26-22

very interesting

found this one very interesting and makes you think much deeper about behaviour of people

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  • 09-18-22

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that was narrated so well thank you for giving and in-depth insite on the topic was an absolute joy to listen to.