What personality structure is defined by Albert Bandura's Social-cognitive theory?

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I think that one of the most striking elements to Bandura's theory is the idea that individuals can be directly influenced by a more collective entity.  This is the personality structure that the social cognitive theory posits.  The individual is able to observe others and appropriate these behaviors in their own schematic.  This structure is one in which individuals are constantly able to learn and appropriate the behavior that is modeled by others.  The individual recognizes that they are not isolated or standing apart from a social being.  Rather, they are able to understand that their own cognition does take place in a social contingency.  It is here where the structure of the personality does not take place in a vacuum from outside society.  Rather, it directly functions within it.  There is a cognitive learning that takes place when the individual recognizes a behavior that can be appropriated into their own condition of being.  This is the structure of personality offered in Bandura's theory.  It is one in which the individual is distinctly part of the setting around them, able to appropriate and display that which is evident in a larger social configuration.


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