Discussion Prompt 1
Is there any truth underlying social labels and stereotypes? Why or why not? Based on what you have learned about the formation of cognitive schemas and self-fulfilling prophecies, give your opinion as to why stereotypes and prejudices form. Do you feel that there is any way to change stereotypes and prejudices? How so? Support your reasoning with information from the text and other course materials.
Discussion Prompt 2
Regardless of what social psychologists claim are the characteristics of attraction, why do you think people believe that opposites attract? Is this true, or are there underlying similarities that the two individuals are just unaware of? How can having diverse or opposing opinions both enhance and limit a relationship? Provide examples to support your claims. Support your reasoning with information from the text and other course materials.