Maxim Finskiy is an expert in the field of psychology, which is becoming a more crucial area where employers have to look at. Social cognition is a pillar of psychology, and it can help us understand many of the human behaviors as well as achieve self-understanding. This is an area that Maxim Finskiy has explored during his research. To understand social cognition as an important module of psychology, we have conducted an interview with Maxim Finskiy to share his thoughts on the topic.
Maxim Finskiy’s definition of social cognition:
Q- How would someone like yourself define the term social cognition:
Maxim Finskiy: Social cognition is an umbrella term that refers to how circumstances and social context can influence one’s actions, beliefs, perceptions, and thoughts. It’s something that I believe is evolutionary passed on to us because our brain needs to understand things. Our brain doesn’t like a mystery, so it tried to connect the dots by making assumptions based on our previous knowledge or the situation we’re in. It’s important to note that social cognition is not always something we’re aware of. So we might do it and believe in it, but most times we’re not aware of it happening.
How social cognition can be seen in real life:
Q- What are some of the examples of social cognition:
Maxim Finskiy: Personal perception is one of the examples, and it is something we do all the time. Like for instance, if I came into the interview wearing ripped clothes, I sneeze all the time, pick my nose, and behave weirdly, you would automatically assume that I’m not as intelligent as you thought I was. Maybe that is a bit of an exaggeration, but personal perception is basically how our brains process information and quickly label people based on the data we acquire. This is usually done by schemas that we acquire through experiences, whether it be positive or negative. A person’s biology also influences this, and the two can mix. For instance, a mother will have an inherent love for her child as soon as she sees it, and that is biological, the same can’t be said for everyone. These schemas are things we also remember, so if you see someone with face tattoos, you’ll naturally want to get away from them because most people who have face tattoos tend to be in gangs that can do violence and crime and the person with the face tattoo could be a sweetheart. It’s just our memory of it.
The importance of controlling social cognition
Q- How important is social cognition in our lives:
Maxim Finskiy: There is something in social cognition that is called a self-fulfilling prophecy, the basic premise is that we will make up something on our mind on other people based on some schemas we learn or us. This is huge, and it can be applied in the workforce. So we can assume, for instance, that those who dress very poorly have a bad performance based on our history and knowledge and we will start to make predictions about every person who dresses improperly. Granted, dressing poorly in the work environment is statistically true for the most part, but isn’t always the case. We need to understand those schemas and when we base them because not being aware of that could potentially lead to prejudice and discrimination. It is often that we see employers looking down upon pregnant ladies or married women because they have this preconceived notion that they are committed to something and won’t do the job as assigned. After all, they could have some other obligations. This doesn’t have to be the case obviously and if we can catch ourselves amid this negative primitive thinking, the workplace, school, society, and politics will advance further.
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