SCAPEGOAT THEORY

Social psychological term that relates to prejudice. According to this theory, people may be prejudice toward a group in order to vent their anger. In essence, they use the group they dislike as their target for all of their anger. Refers to the tendency to blame someone else for one's own problems, a process that often results in feelings of prejudice toward the person or group that one is blaming. Scapegoating serves as an opportunity to explain failure or misdeeds, while maintaining one's positive self-image. See also: frustration-aggression hypothesis.

SCAPEGOAT THEORY: "The scapegoating theory provides some insight into how stereotypes can be very detrimental."
Cite this page: N., Pam M.S., "SCAPEGOAT THEORY," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 28, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/scapegoat-theory/ (accessed November 18, 2019).
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