Relative Deprivation: Understanding and Overcoming Perceived Inequalities

Relative deprivation is a significant sociological concept that examines the dissatisfaction one feels when compared with a higher socioeconomic group or the expectations of society. It is not about the absence of essentials for survival but a perceived deficiency relative to one’s peers or the societal standards. This form of deprivation arises from a sense … Read more

Self-Discrepancy Theory: Understanding and Bridging Personal Ideals and Reality

Self-discrepancy theory offers a framework for understanding how people perceive the differences between their actual, ideal, and ought selves. Central to the theory is the concept that individuals hold different self-representations: These distinct self-guides are important, as discrepancies between them are associated with various emotional vulnerabilities and well-being implications. Discrepancies can have significant emotional consequences. … Read more