This act can be best explainedusing the Impression Formation Theorywhereby John has continuously developed a negative perception about homosexualsin the society and considers them as immoral people who should be chased awayfrom the community and rebuked whenever that are noted or seen around.Currently, John is undergoing counseling programs which seem to be helping himdevelop a positive attitude towards gay people and start treating them asequals with others. The recent years have witnesseda dramatic change on the issue of homosexuality whereby new laws have emergedto normalize this practice as a way of ensuring that all people receive equalrights and freedom to choose a life partner.
Although it is not the view of themajority, public surveys show that the actual causes that make people becomehomosexuals are highly biological and out of their control hence no one shouldneither be judged nor discriminated for something that is beyond his or hercontrol. This fact is what has led to the legalization of homosexuality in thecountry. Although positive attitudes and perceptions of people towardshomosexuality are changing and evolving over the years, the overall negativeimpression that people tend to have on this issue is still prevalent. Johnshould have put into consideration the impact of his action and try to puthimself in the shoes of these two men who were only exercising their rights andhad not in any way offended anyone including John.
There was no need for Johnto rebuke and insult this couple for exercising their sexual orientation. Johnshould not have allowed his perception about homosexuals which he had acquiredfrom other people influence him into engaging in such misconduct. John’s action of confronting andrebuking the two men who were kissing in the public was highly facilitated byhis continued perception that homosexuality is not allowed and accepted in thesociety and that those individuals who practice homosexuality are the mostimmoral and disrespectful people that anyone can come across and that theyshould be rebuked and if possible chased away from the society. John’sperception about the homosexuals has profoundly been contributed by people’sview about gay people whereby most of the people in the community stillconsider homosexuality as immoral and not in line with God’s teachings. Thiscontinued notion in the society about gay people on how immoral anddisrespectful they are mainly in public is what has transpired to John’s beliefand perception about this category of people in the society.
However, it isclear that a lot of things have changed and some of the past perceptions andviews are now being considered as stereotypes and that they should beeradicated in the society to ensure that people are up-to-date. The past fewdecades have seen the homosexuals receive a lot of stigmatization andmarginalization in the community and the country as a whole whereby most ofthem have been afraid to come out in the open and show their sexual orientationwithout fear. Impression Formation Theory: in social psychology, thistheory helps in showing and explaining how accumulation of individual pieces ofinformation about a person or a group of individuals results to the formationof some global impression of such an individual or a group of people and onetends to use and maintain such perceptions while interpreting the behavior ofthe observed subjects. AnalysisBy the time John was doneinsulting and rebuking these two gentlemen, he had managed to attract a largecrowd of people who the majority of them were against John’s action. This eventresulted in this couple filing a suit against John whereby John with the helpof the family lawyer managed to escape from being taken to the juvenile by aninch. John was fined $23,000 for this public assault and is currently goingthrough a guidance and counseling program that has been recommended by thejudge as a way of enabling him to develop a positive perception towards allpeople irrespective of their social attributions and sexual orientations. Thesecounseling lessons are also helping him understand that everyone has the equalright to choose a life partner and should not be prevented from doing so byanyone as this would translate into violation human rights to freedom.Interaction: Early this year, as John and Iwho are both siblings were walking late in the evening along the street on ourway home from school, John saw a man kissing another man.
Both men who seemedto be a couple were seated on one of the benches that the state has built forthe residents to sit on and relax as they wait to board a vehicle while Johnsaw them kissing. John got enraged to the extent that he could not hold himselftogether and decided to confront this couple. My effort to stop my brother fromapproaching this couple with the aim of confronting them for doing such animmoral act in the public domain bore no fruits as John was stronger than me.
When John finally got near them, he barked at them saying, “You two arethe most disgusting creatures in this state that is why you are kissing eachother in public.” These words that John echoed at these two gentlemensounded like the greatest insults and discrimination that this couple had everreceived in their lives. The two men got humiliated to the extent that one ofthem shed tears in disbelief of the level of marginalization and discriminationthat John had demonstrated. Context: John and I having a heateddebate in our living room on whether it is right or not to treat homosexualsequally with those who are not. During this talk, John evidently shows that hehas a low disregard for gays as most of the people in the community do contraryto me who is of the opinion that everyone should have the right and freedom tochoose his or her spouse irrespective of the sexual orientation. DescriptionImpression Formation TheoryJournal Entry 1Daniel Seibert