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Types of social change in psychology

In psychology, there are several types of social change. We have individual social changes and group social changes.

Individual Social Changes
Social Mobility- In this situation, people change to fit in with the majority. It usually relates to class or wealth, as sexuality, race and gender are things you cannot change (however a few people do argue that our sexuality is a choice). An example of this could be a poor man working hard to become upper-class and rich, then become part of the majority and forgetting his roots from the poor minority.

Group Social Changes
Social Creativity- Here, people try to ‘rise above’ social segregation or grouping. This could be someone rising above a majority for religion, sexuality, gender, ethnicity or more… An example of this is a female choosing not to argue with a male based society and simply living with it, ‘being the better person’.

Social Competition- In this situation people challenge the majority and fight against social norm & often involves internalisation. Again, this could be to do with ethnicity, sexuality, gender or more… An example could be Martin Luther King challenging the segregation between black and white people and internalising his own beliefs.


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