I just started my summer classes at the university today and wanted to share a bit of information with you guys. I am taking a social psychology class and I find it very interesting.
Construal: Term used to describe how an individual perceives, comprehends, and interprets their environment.
Naive Realism: In the context of construals, Naive realism is the belief that one's own construal is the correct perception.
These terms can be seen in the following example:
An individual who is a heavy drug user is told by their family that they need to seek drug rehab in order to quit their drug use.
The individual may perceive their family's suggestion as either:
1. Genuine concern, and be willing to undergo drug rehabilitation.
2. An attempt to control their life, and refuse to undergo drug rehab.
The true nature of the family member's request is not in question. All of the attention is focused on the individual who is perceiving the event.
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