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The Psychology of Communities

http://thecommunitymanager.com/2013/11/19/the-psychology-of-communities-4-factors-that-create-a-sense-of-community/#

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The Psychology of Communities
1. Boundaries - How do people become members and what are the boundaries keeping others out 2. Emotional safety - By building boundaries and including the right people, you create trust and a feeling of safety 3. A sense of belonging and identification - Members must feel like they fit in and that this is "their community" 4.

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Attributes of membership in communities

  • Boundaries: How people become members and what are the boundaries keeping others out.
  • Emotional safety: By building boundaries, you create trust and a feeling of safety.
  • A sense of belonging: Members must feel like they fit in.
  • Personal investment: If members contribute to the community, it enhances their sense of community.
  • A common symbol system: Sharing a symbol creates a sense of community.

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Influence in communities

...has to work both ways, with members feeling like they have influence over the community and the community having influence over the members.

A community should be a place where members feel like they have a say in what happens. And for a community to have influence over its members, it simply has to provide them with value that they don’t want to lose.

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Integration and fulfillment of needs

Integration and fulfillment of needs

By joining a community a member gets what they hoped to get by joining.

This means that your community, like any other product, needs to solve a problem for its members in order to make it worth their time and contribution.

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Shared emotional connection

Shared emotional connection

Members of a community will have a history of experiences together and the belief that there will be more experiences together in the future.

These experiences form a long lasting, emotion connection. That’s why a community that goes through a crises often comes out much stronger because they’ve now shared a difficult situation, forging a strong emotional bond amongst members.

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Membership

Membership

Is belonging, either individually or collectively, to a group. 

Membership is the feeling of belonging or of sharing a sense of personal relatedness inside a community.

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