Do groups have a common identity but not shared expectations?

Do groups have a common identity but not shared expectations?

Groups have a sense of identity but not expectations. A group of individuals who interact based on shared expectations and share some degree of identity. The outgroup is the network of relationships generated by a person's contacts with other individuals. In intergroup theory, groups are defined as all the individuals who are related to each other through descent from a single pair of ancestors. Groups may also be defined in terms of shared attributes or behaviors. For example, scientists use the term group when discussing the properties of molecules; these properties can be shared among similar molecules. Groups may also be defined in terms of function. For example, soldiers in a military unit are considered part of the same group because they perform tasks that help them achieve their goal of defeating an enemy. Groups may also be defined in terms of relationship. Parents and children tend to form a single group because they have a parent-child relationship with one another. Teachers and students form a single group because they have a teacher-student relationship with one another.

Groups differ from classes in that classes are defined by a shared experience while groups can include people who have nothing in common except for their relationship to one another. Classes are defined by a set of standards that everyone in the class must meet in order for them to receive credit for the class. Groups do not have any such standards since they are only defined by the relationships between its members.

What are the similarities and differences between being a member of a group and not being a member of a group?

(1) A person's own groups are those with whom he identifies. His in-group includes his family and his college. However, "out groups" are ones with which an individual does not identify. These are outside organizations. An individual may have many outgroups, such as students at another school or employees at a different job. However, he should only have one ingroup.

(2) Members of a group share traits that define the group. These shared traits may be physical, such as having red hair; emotional, such as being sad or happy; or cultural, such as eating pork or drinking alcohol. Groups may also share attitudes about certain topics, such as politics or sports teams.

(3) It is possible to join a group even though you do not belong to it originally. For example, if someone joins your school's soccer team, they can be included in your in-group even though they do not play soccer. This happens often with social clubs like book clubs or dance classes.

(4) It is also possible to become part of a group's out-group. For example, if someone starts using racist remarks on the internet against your school's football team, they have joined their in-group even though they are not affiliated with the team directly. This can happen with hate groups on websites like Twitter or Facebook.

What are two characteristics of group relationships?

Carron and Mark Eys investigated several definitions of groups and discovered five similar characteristics: (1) shared fate—sharing a common outcome with other members; (2) mutual benefit—a pleasurable, gratifying experience linked with group participation; and (3) social structure—a solid system of interactions among members. They also found that all defined groups have one thing in common: a relationship between the members.

Group relationships can be positive or negative. Positive groups are those that share a special bond with each other, such as friends or family. Negative groups include enemies, rivals, and bystanders who are not related to each other but still participate in the same activity. Groups can also be defined by their level of integration. Integrated groups are those where members know and like each other, while differentiated groups have only limited contact with outsiders. Integratin is high when members trust and rely on each other, and it decreases if members avoid others outside the group.

Groups form whenever people need help from each other for a common purpose. It is important for people to feel included within the group for them to get the benefits of sharing information and resources with others.

The history of groups is full of examples where small groups have had a major impact on humanity. The most famous example is probably the six-degrees-of-separation theory proposed by Cornell University professor Duncan Watts.

When do two people define themselves as members of a group?

A group exists when two or more persons declare themselves as members of it and at least one other person recognizes its existence. Brown, Rupert (1988: 2-3)

Intergroup behavior consists of interactions between different groups and is influenced by elements such as task knowledge, aims, and interdependence. When groups understand their task and the goals behind it, they are more likely to perform well.

What roles do members play in primary groups and secondary groups?

Social groups are made up of two or more people who interact with one another and share a feeling of togetherness and common identity. Primary groups are tiny and characterized by long-lasting, deep personal interactions. Secondary groupings include impersonal, goal-oriented, transient connections.

In primary groups, members help each other achieve shared goals. They may do this by giving advice, helping with training programs, learning new skills, etc. Often, they will also express their feelings about different topics inside the group. This is why primary groups are often called "psychological safe places".

In secondary groups, members help one another out of self-interest (i.e., because it's in their best interest to do so). For example, students in a class will often go beyond just listening to one another's ideas to provide feedback as well. This is why secondary groups are often called "functional teams": when things get tough, they work together to overcome obstacles.

Primary groups are much harder to find than secondary groups! That's why it's important to understand how to identify which types of social connections you have in order to better facilitate positive change within your community.

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