Sociology Is Better With Questions

Are haters the motivators of society?

Or do people just pretend to have thick skin? Sociology students at the University of Tennessee-Martin tackle this issue and this mindset’s impact on the human psyche.

A sociology student at the University of Tennessee-Martin wanted to understand the psychology of the phrase “haters are my motivators”, and the effect on society-at-large.

Sociology, according to Google, is “the study of the development, structure, and functioning of human society.” This student notices that there may be a discrepancy of how people portray themselves in order to succeed in society, versus how they actually feel inside.

The student is suggesting that pretending to be bulletproof allows people more societal benefits than being honest with their reactive state. For example, others may see the wall and be impressed with how sturdy it looks, but when you get close, they may find that the wall is paper thin.

But the appearance of sturdiness may be enough of a benefit to put the wall up.

The student elaborates:

Some people play up the fact that they don’t care what people think of them, or “haters are my motivators”. Are these people sincere in this motive and truly untouched by what people say or think of them, or is this a motive they use to hide the fact that they are extremely concerned what people think? Is it impossible to truly not care what others think? Is this their way to “stand out” among others?

These are the type of questions that professors love to hear.

This student culminates what she’s learned in class in order to indulge in her own curiosity. What starts off as a selfish desire to learn more for the sake of herself actually causes a chain reaction of value.

Through selfishly seeking a way to fulfill her own curiosity, she creates discussion, excitement and activity in her class. By asking a question, she encourages her classmates to interact with her on a higher level than just regurgitating the facts she learned in class.

The result? Her classmates are happy to contribute towards satisfying her curiosity.

One classmate suggests that some haters truly do matter, while others don’t:

Another student agreed, while also adding a quip that age plays a factor in how you perceive others:

By the end of this interaction, everyone benefited:

  • The original poster was able to apply her sociology knowledge to a real world situation, while also be able to analyze and evaluate her classmates’ answers.
  • The classmates were able to share some of their individual knowledge and contribute towards a fellow classmate’s curiosity.
  • The professor was able let the students engage with the content on a higher level of thought, without any extra “pushing” or nudging.

That’s how high levels of critical thought are built using Packback Questions.

When students answer questions so willingly and openly, other students get to analyze and evaluate multiple viewpoints and make their own judgment.

Additionally, by asking high-level questions that invite challenging, interesting discussion, the students create a community of curiosity around sociology that is engaging and fun.

We believe that with Packback Questions, these students will carry more curiosity and higher critical thinking skills into whatever they choose to pursue.

Written by Evan Le

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