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💎 Social Motives in Group Participation

Establishing and sustaining belongingness is one social motive that I believe directly influences joining a group. One particular reason that this would be a social motive for joining a group would be the evolutionary basis it has, when considering forming and maintaining social bonds. Baumeister and Leary stated, the ides of forming social bonds, through belongingness has been evident since the beginning of humanity and that humans observe the survival and reproductive benefits of such (Baumeister Leary, 1995).

Before we discuss a social motive to influence the sustaining of joining a group, we must understand the negative perception of what’s reciprocated. People normally do not enjoy severing bonds without reason. Of course there are some relationships that have limitations, and exterminate themselves, but social bonds are most times by choice. Whether it be for benefit, personal gain, or reputation. The appearance of a social attachment is another social motive that would influence sustaining group membership. For example, class reunions are an observed event for gathering with colleagues from times past. The perception of time passing and accolades adding up, allows individuals to believe that joining specific groups gives them the upper hand. It almost works against you to not be a part of a group, because some people will believe that you feel you’re too individualistic to do so.

Leary spoke on self-enhancement and how it influences intergroup relations, and joining a group (Leary, 2007). One way belongingness can lead to conflict is by group members battling for resources or even attention. We must understand that everybody within a group could have their own mental battles. Another way the appearance of social attachment can cause intergroup conflict is negative bias or judgment towards specific groups. Let’s take the black lives matter movement for example, a lot of people do not understand that the movement was started for injustices, and not to propel black lives or any other race’s lives.

Baumeister, R. F., & Leary, M. R. (1995). The need to belong: desire for interpersonal attachments as a fundamental human motivation. Psychological Bulletin, (3), 497. Retrieved from

Leary, M. R., (2007). Motivational and Emotional Aspects of the Self. Annual Review of Psychology, 317.…

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