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We are members of a number of groups at any given time. Explain the reasons that make people join groups. - Psychology

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We are members of a number of groups at any given time. Explain the reasons that make people join groups.

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Solution

  1. Security - Reduce the insecurity of "standing alone"; feel stronger, fewer self-doubts, and more resistant to threats.
  2. Status - Inclusion in a group viewed by outsiders as important; provides recognition and status.
  3. Self-esteem - Provides feelings of self-worth to group members, in addition to conveying status to outsiders.
  4. Affiliation - Fulfills social needs, enjoys regular interaction; can be the primary source for fulfilling the need for affiliation.
  5. Power - What cannot be achieved individually often becomes possible; power in numbers.
  6. Goal achievement - Some tasks require more than one person; need to pool talents knowledge or power to complete the job. in such instances, management may rely on the use of a formal group.
Concept: Intergroup Conflict : Nature and Causes
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