Simple Tips To Increase Your Sense Of Belonging - Deepstash

Simple Tips To Increase Your Sense Of Belonging

  1. Make a genuine effort to seek activities and groups of people with whom you have common interests.
  2. Remember to be patient as it takes time to gain acceptance, attention and support from other members.
  3. Focus on the common traits and not the differences, while remaining open to new ways of thinking.

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A Sense Of Belonging
  • Belongingness is an emotional need of human beings, a desire to be accepted by a group of people, be it at the school or office.
  • Being part of a group includes acceptance, attention and support.
  • As people strive for belongingness, they also change their behaviour, beliefs and attitudes to conform to the standards and norms of that group.
  • To affiliate with others and be socially accepted is due to a basic intrinsic motivation: The need to belong.
  • It affects our self-presentation, self-assessment and also leads to social comparison.

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  1. Our pop culture interests (like fans of a certain group).
  2. Our religious beliefs or spiritual practices.
  3. Our shared goals, like a runners club, for instance.
  4. Our socioeconomic status.

Belongingness becomes a big factor in our hierarchy of needs, and impacts our life in basic ways. Lack of acceptance from other people and groups can lead to anxiety, depression, hopelessness, loneliness and even suicidal thoughts.

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Humans have an inbuilt drive to belong and be accepted. This makes us care about what others think of us.

  • In the pre-historic times, human beings couldn't survive if they were not part of a group. This makes belongingness part of our genes, which shaped our natural selection.
  • In the modern age, as we get more social and mobile, it is no longer necessary to be part of a group, as it is not crucial to be accepted by everyone. It helps to know how to care less about what other people think or do.

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In previous eras, people used to gather around a faith group, neighborhood association, or trade union.

However, the crisis of social isolation has created a vacuum that commercial, for-profit brands are stepping in to fill.

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