How do people feel: The social cognitive theory and the biological theories


Different people differ significantly regarding character and perceptions about various aspects of life. The differences in gender classes, age, and racial characteristics are evident across the cognitive and non-cognitive skills. Although studies have associated differences in individuals to be influenced primarily by the ecological environments in which they live, genetic compositions and social interactions, differences have been evident across the populations due to the differences in age, race, and gender. Different social and behavioral theories have been used to describe the differences between various persons based on their unique characteristics. In this study, the social cognitive theory and the biological theories of gender classification have been utilized to illustrate the differences in three individuals based on race, age and gender characteristics.

What it would feel to be a black American

The black Americans are a unique group of persons whose ways of life are very distinct from the rest of the Americans. To begin with, the black Americans live very simple lifestyles driven primarily by short-term goals for life. Most black Americans plan for the day today and live it as it comes. Although living among the white folks, who believe in planning their lives for tomorrow and the future as well as the lives of their parents, the black folks rarely do this but instead, prefer to live each day with it goodies and bad. According to the social cognitive theories, individuals learn from one another in the same environment to foster adaptation to the new environments (Jackson & James, 2008). Although some black Americans have adjusted to the planning strategies the white folks use to plan their future lives, the majority have remained tacked to their old ways of lives. The majority have remained in a simple state of life with short-term plans. Contrarily, the majority seems quite contented with their ways of lives. If I were a black American, I would be more contented with life not matter what it brings across and live on short-term plans, contrary to my present hustles trying to make ends meet for the present and future lives.

What it would feel to be an old man

The lives of old people in America is characterized by passive lifestyle and no plans for the future. As the ages advance to greater limits, the dreams shed away, and life becomes more dependent on the presently available resources only. Particularly, for the old people living in nursing homes, their lives depend entirely on the short-term goals driven entirely by care provided in the old age care homes. In addition to feeling afraid of old age due to its troublesome lifestyles and old age diseases, I am also afraid of growing old. I feel that old age is unromantic since age erases all the life demands and pleasures that come with it. Moreover, old people have low cognition about the social life giving them a rather solitary lifestyle which is contrary to my vibrant, youthful life, full of pleasure and which I feel quite enjoyable. I feel that old people live a very boring lifestyle which I would not wish to live.

What it would feel to be a lady

The biological theories of gender have been used extensively to explain the gender classifications based on the sex characteristics (Maccoby & Jacklin, 1974). These physical traits have been used to define the gender roles of each member of the society. Consequently, ladies have different perceived roles in the society which I feel unbearable to me. The home caring and home-making capability of women are explained by their ability to multitask on different fronts. Comparably, I feel that the male gender is a superior gender to the female gender; the superiority I wouldn’t want to miss. Furthermore, I just feel that the many home-based tasks, the weaker gender perceptions associated with them are just unbearable to me.


To conclude, the social and behavioral differences in individuals is evident across the gender, age, and racial divides. The differences are explained through a set of theories and models and are pegged on the social constructions held across the world. The social cognitive theory and the biological theories of gender help to define the social and behavioral characteristics of the individuals. Of the three classes of people discussed in this report, I wouldn’t want to be a different person other than who I am.



Jackson, J. & James, M. (2008). Introduction: The African American Male Crisis in Education: A Popular Media Infatuation or Needed Public Policy Response.” American Behavioral Scientist 51, 847–853.

Maccoby, E.E. & Jacklin, C.N. (1974). The psychology of sex differences (vol.1). Stanford University Press.