Belonging refers to a feeling of familiarity between people. •Mental comfort
Who do you belong to? What do you belong to?
I belong to people who I share a deeper connection with i.e. family.
How do you know?
I can sense the feeling of familiarity and comfort.
How do you know when you do not belong?
You do not belong when you are feeling excluded or experiencing insecurities.
Extrinsic- A more external emotional feeling of belonging, as opposed to intrinsic Intrinsic- An internal/more emotional feeling of belonging
The need to belong
Psychological- belonging means being welcomed as part of a group. Humans are gregarious by nature. Living in solitude is preferable sometimes but usually people need company and acceptance from others to be content. Emotional- it is important to have support and share common goals and needs. From a group the individual can test ideas, gain new experience and understanding. It is important not to feel excluded. Cultural- to be a part of specific group socially, historically, ethnically. An individual’s identity can be determined in part from the cultural group he/she identifies with. Identity- this is determined by perceptions. How you perceive yourself or expect others to perceive you. This can ‘colour’ how well you belong or assimilate with another group.
•A sense of continuity
•A sense of uniqueness
•A sense of affiliation
According to Maslow (1943), belonging is a basic need after health and safety and before self-esteem.
The cost of belonging
Most people have a hierarchy of belonging that they will use when there is a conflict of interest between the various groups to which they belong.
Can you challenge belonging?
There are many groups one can belong to – too many. Provided your needs/interests are similar enough and you can afford it there may not be a problem. But money and time is limited. •The threat of...