Two fundamental axioms
people create their own reality
situations influence thoughts, feelings, and behavior
How do people think about/organize information about their social worlds?
How people pay attention to, process, remember, and use information about the social world
Why is it important to understand how we make sense of our social world?
we are interdependent, social beings
Motivated to get along with others
it's important to understand who provides important resources
we attempt to make the world more predictable, if not controllable