This particular video really spoke to me on multiple levels. In order to fully unpack the meaning of this video, and to not do a disservice to the woman who wrote it, I feel the need to discuss it with respect to both the literal and figurative meanings behind this video and connect it to my experiences.
There's a bunch of video trailers for a new movie that came out this year that focuses on an African-American who works at a call center. Many people hang up on him when he talks normally, which then prompts his coworker to give him the advice to talk like a white person. He does and starts to get more responses than he did normally. There is a term for what he does, it is called code-switching. Code-switching is when we change up the way we speak in order to get a better outcome than what would happen if we did not. Code-switching usually involves changing one's language based of ethnicity or culture. This is not to be confused with pragmatics, which is when people speak different in different conversations (for example, you speak to a baby differently than your college professor. Or at least I would hope so).
Today we are talking about cognitive dissonance. Cognitive Dissonance is when you do something that does not match with your current belief system. This causes you to feel bad, thus either changing your belief to match your actions, or rationalizing your actions to the point where they somehow weirdly fit your beliefs. This causes the cognitive dissonance to go away, making your life easier since no one likes to feel uncomfortable because of their own decisions. However, cognitive dissonance is totally normal and you probably do it more often than you may think.
Today in psychology and prejudice, we are discussing the Just World Theory. The Just World Theory is the theory that people get what they deserve. This theory pops up multiple times throughout different spheres of the world, but you may not think that you experience it very often. It also often goes by the terms "blaming the victim."
I came up with the idea to write this piece while I was laying in bed next to my sleeping boyfriend at the hotel we were staying at. He had come up to visit me at college and whisked me away for a weekend full of renaissance fairs and fun. While I was beginning to fall asleep, I just thought of all the little things, good and bad, that had happened this weekend.
"Dress to impress" is something we've all heard before when applying to a job, starting a new school year, or going on a date. However, is there really a necessary reason to do that? Does wearing certain clothes make us more likable, or do they just present an image that is more likable? The things we wear say a lot about us. Our image is what we present to the world, it is how we try to conform to society's standards and fit in. That is why there are websites and magazines that spend their time judging what other people wear, since we ourselves judge what people wear.