You will prepare and submit a term paper on A Concept of Positive and Negative Social Identity. Your paper should be a minimum of 2250 words in length. As a comprehensive insight that thoroughly explicates upon the complexity of the human psyche, the implications of the social identity theory are valuable in exploring how intergroup affiliations that are rooted in various reasons can aid the development and communication of human beings as they react to being a part of a particular group. Thus, the social identity theory, in its very core can be viewed as a bridge between the individual and the wider society that certainly sheds light upon the complexities of human associations and relationships, whether these relationships are deemed as positive or negative. According to Ellemers, Spears and Doosje (2002), the construct of social identity is closely related to the self because the notions of social roles and social interactions are present within the realm of an individual’s perception and how he/she wishes to process a specific scenario or situation. Additionally, when the idea that the self is a pivotal force in the creation of one’s social identity is highlighted through the means of concurrent interindividual processes it is also important to establish the fact that the creation of the self is reliant upon group processes as well, such that the influence of one phenomenon cannot be isolated from the other in a given scenario. With regard to this observation, Ellemers, Spears and Doosje (2002) postulate that it is only fair to state that group processes and group affiliations indeed hold the capability to impact how an individual’s self is developed, shaped and nurtured throughout a given period of time.
The background of research that has been conducted on social identity theory and other associated models has led to the derivation of a concept of positive and negative social identity that can be necessarily defined as an outcome of ingroup relationships. .