Social COGNITION. Structure of Attitudes. Affective Gatsby feels that Daisy will want to be with him if he is financially successful Behavioural Gatsby starts his own business and creates a large fortune and builds castle-like house to demonstrate his wealth and success Cognitive
Gatsby feels that Daisy will want to be with him if he is financially successful
Gatsby starts his own business and creates a large fortune and builds castle-like house to demonstrate his wealth and success
Gatsby believes that if Daisy sees how wealthy and successful he now is she will leave Tom
Helps people to strive to maximise the rewards and minimise penalties from the world around them
Daisy’s attitude to her relationship with Gatsby and Tom: wanting to continue her relationship with Gatsby and remain married to Tom, to maximise the positives of remaining in a marriage as she and Tom have a child and she loves Gatsby, and minimise negatives of divorce and scandal
Assists people to avoid admitting negative things about themselves or accepting harsh and unpleasant realities of the world
This function acts as a defence mechanism to protect our own self image
Gatsby’s invented past is more than just a strategy to pass himself off as a member of the upper class; it’s also a form of denial, a psychological defense to help him repress the memory of his real past, his desire is to psychologically kill the parents whose wounding influence still inhabits his own psyche
Allows us to gain satisfaction from expressing our attitudes and values that are central to our self concepts
We are able to gain positive feelings about ourselves through expressing our attitudes and beliefs
We establish our self identity
Tom expresses his attitudes about many things, for example, marriage although we may not agree with his values (i.e. inter-racial marriage) his attitudes serve the function of allowing him to establish his self identity as his expresses his beliefs
Others are persuaded by Gatsby’s appearance that he is associated with the elite - his clothing, car, house
The impression we form of others is influenced by many factors:
Though Nick recognizes Gatsby’s flaws the first time he meets him, he cannot help but admire Gatsby’s brilliant smile, his romantic idealization of Daisy, and his yearning for the future – how did Nick establish this impression of Gatsby?
What is your impression of Tom?
There are two main ways we manage the impression that others form of us
Nick is tolerant, open-minded, quiet, and a good listener, and, as a result, others tend to talk to him and tell him their secrets– this is the impression he gives of himself – he does this with both verbal and non-verbal communication –examples?
Tom’s extra-marital affairs - he describes as ‘slip-ups’ and explains that Daisy was aware of this at the beginning of their marriage thus using real handicapping to build an excuse for his behaviour
1. Similar Social Comparisons
this allows us to gain an accurate assessmentof whether we are fitting into the social norms
It could be argued that Daisy compares herself with people who she believes are similar to her in order for her to have a sense of where she fits in with the society in which she lives – she uses neither upwards or downwards social comparison
comparing ourselves with someone better than us in some way, which enables us to determine what the best really is.
This can have motivational value (but can backfire if we compare to someone where the goal is unachievable)
Gatsby uses downward social comparison comparing himself to members of the elite society Daisy inhabits in order motivate him to make his fortune and win Daisy back. Further demonstrated by the name of the lake where Gatsby met Dan Cody - ‘Lake Superior’
comparing ourselves to people we perceive to be less able or fortunate in some way and generally is used to boost our self esteem as we are presented in a positive way
Tom compares himself with those he believes are less fortunate than him to boost his self esteem – the way he compares himself to his staff and to Gatsby - he says that Gatsby can never truly be a member of the elite society as he was not born into it