Pluralistic Ignorance (SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY) - iResearchNet
Pluralistic Ignorance Definition Pluralistic ignorance occurs when people erroneously infer that they feel differently from their peers, even though they are behaving similarly. As one example, imagine the following scenario: You are sitting in a large lecture hall listening to an especially complicated lecture. After many minutes of incomprehensible material, the lecturer pauses and asks if there are any questions. No hands go up. You look around the room. Another case of pluralistic ignorance that is familiar to many college students concerns drinking on campus. Pluralistic Ignorance and Social Dynamics Pluralistic ignorance plays a role in many other dysfunctional social dynamics. Pluralistic Ignorance and Social Norms Pluralistic ignorance begins with widespread conformity to social norms—norms that govern appropriate behavior in the classroom, at a party, in a boardroom, or in a hospital; norms that regulate behavior with friends, strangers, or colleagues. References: O’Gorman, H.
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