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AP Psych- The Need to Belong

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Transcript of AP Psych- The Need to Belong

The Need to Belong
Wanting to Belong
Sustaining Relationships
We resist breaking the bonds we’ve made with others
We feel distress, loneliness, and anger after separation
People who repeatedly have relationships disrupted have difficulty forming deep attachments
When our feelings of acceptance increase we have higher self-esteem, positive feelings, and a desire to help others.
Essential Question:
Why do people feel the need to belong, and how does this manifest in our daily lives?
Aiding Survival
Social boosted our ancestors' survival rate
Attachments served as powerful survival impulses
More likely to reproduce and co-nurture offspring
Alan Harvey, Stephanie Trierweiler, Sarah Zygmont
The Pain of Ostracism
Social Networking
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Methods of communication are rapidly changing
Texting, e-mailing, chatting, social gaming, etc
Ninety percent of teens text (2010)
94 percent of young adults use Facebook (2010)
Social Effects
Decrease in neighborliness
Strengthened connections with those we already know
Increased self-disclosure, sometimes to an extreme
Facebook profiles reflect real personalities
Narcissists are more active on social networking sites
Maintaining Balance
Monitor your time and emotions
Hide distracting online friends
Turn off devices
"Fast" or "diet" on social media
Try a nature walk
Survival enhanced by cooperation
Solo combat not as effective as group combat
Protection comes with traveling in groups
Those who felt a need to belong survived and reproduced successfully
Works Cited
Those who are supported by relationships live a healthier life
Have lower risks for psychological disorders/premature death
Our need for sustained relationships isn’t always fulfilled
We can control social behavior through ostracism
People tend to respond to exclusion with depressed moods, efforts to get accepted, and withdrawal
It has an effect on the brain


Need to belong dictates our thoughts and emotions
People spend much of their time thinking about possible/actual relationships
Falling in love mutually=happiness
Close relationships make people's lives meaningful
When need for relatedness is satisfied with autonomy and competence, people feel a deep sense of well-being.
Self-esteem is heightened when we feel included, loved and accepted by those close to us
Social behavior aims to increase our belonging, acceptance and inclusion
Conform to group standards to avoid rejection
Motivated by our quest for acceptance.
We experience social pain with the same emotional feelings we experience with physical pain
Feelings of love also affect the brain
People try to find something to turn to when they can’t maintain their relationship
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