The present paper discusses a new concept: dynamic stereotype representations, a line of research in the field of social cognition and attitudes inspired by the Transactional Analysis conception regarding interpersonal relationships (mainly the States of the Ego theory). The main assumption is that, besides stereotypes, specific stereotype-roles are associated with groups or social categories. These roles have a major impact upon inter-group relationships since groups tend to fit into a stereotype-scenario that “predicts” the outcome of these relationships and by this acts like a prophecy that transforms the social reality. The objective of the paper is to address the issue of dynamic stereotype representations Romanians have about themselves and about European Union citizens in the context of Romania becoming an EU member in January 2007. The survey was based on a samples of 105 Romanians (two age groups: 64 students and 41 teachers), investigating stereotypes (using a 12 attributes scale validated in previous research), stereotype-roles (using a special validated questionnaire) and resulting stereotype-scenarios. Our hypotheses assume that: 1) the stereotype image attributed to EU citizens will be more favourable than the one of their own national group; 2) the social creativity strategy will make Romanians value themselves more on the “Agreeableness” dimension while EU citizens will be valued more on the “Competence” dimension; 3) we can identify stereotype-roles attributed both to Romanians and EU citizens and these are different in our two age-groups; 4) the stereotype-roles associated with Romanians represent Child figures while the ones attributed to EU citizens are especially Mature type of roles; 5) the identified stereotype-roles will help us depict a stereotype-scenario that reflects the inter-group relationship as anticipated by our Romanian participants. Even if the core nature of this research is exploratory the results confirmed our assumptions and led us to new findings and their practical implications.
|Keywords:||Stereotype, Stereotype-Role, Stereotype-Scenario, Transactional Analysis, Romanians and EU Citizens|
Student, Psychology, University of Bucharest, Bucharest, Romania
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