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Oral Interpersonal

Chapter 2 Vocabulary

stereotype A fixed impression of a group of people
attribution The process by which we try to explain the motivation for a person's behavior.
self-fulfilling prophecy The process of making a prediction that comes true because you made the prediction and acted as if it were true
schemata The mental templates or structures that help you organize new information you already have in memory
social comparison The process by which you compare yourself with others, most often your peers
implicit personality theory Concluding that a person has positive qualities because you know that he or she has other positive qualities
self-concept Your image of who you are
self-esteem A measure of how valuable you think you are
self-disclosure The process of talking to others about yourself and revealing things you normally keep hidden
self-serving bias The tendency to take credit for positive outcomes and to deny responsibility for negative outcomes