The Factors Influencing Social Group Dynamics

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The area of research is on the factors that cause and propagate the current social group dynamic trends that are prevalent within the United States International University Nairobi campus ( hereby referred to as USIU). It would be prudent to first define what this paper terms as social group dynamics. This term will be taken to include all those activities that are undertaken by students at USIU that involve interaction on a physical, emotional and mental level with other members of this institution on a peer to peer basis. The term is not limited to the activities themselves but also includes the process, degree and direction of these activities. The research will be carried through three basic methods: Observation of social group behaviours, unstructured interviews with members of these social groups and finally information gathered from third party sources such as electronic journals and other literary materials. The findings of our research will be first analysed from a psychological level and then branch out into various social, cultural and economic elements. Research on this social aspect of USIU is being investigated to firstly find the reason for the formation of the many diverse groups observed as well as to demystify them and hence remove any false notions that would cause forms of social tensions.

Some may notice that the amount of hard data collected at this stage would be less than they may have expected. They may also be concerned as to why the data was not treated as empirically as is the normal standard in psychometric studies and alike. The reason is this, firstly we believe that the data taken from the perspective outlined in our abstract is far from empirical but is indeed very abstract and based on some very fundamental human reasons. This is why we decided to radiate our observations from a psychological centre outwards and explore the tendrils (so to speak) of their effects on the more outward spheres of social, cultural and economic reasons as opposed to the common opposite (to explore from a external point and deduce the internal reasons for behaviour). This is to say since behaviour is a human being’s conditioned reaction to the external environment and that the judgement made based on this is made internally as well as is the processing of the initial stimuli that started the reaction (Hume, A Treatise Of Human Nature, 1739 –1740). We will first observe the psychological, abstract, factors first and then their impressions in the more external realms of the social, cultural and economic environments as well as the movement backwards.

e.1 the inner sphere: the intangible : psychosocial factors
e.1.1 the first sphere: character conflict and relation
According to John Yeager, PhD, a member of the NLPI, the Neuro-linguistical Programming Institute which deals with the psychological interpretation of physical behaviours mainly speech and inflection (but not excluding others such as posture and facial expressions). Within a social group three character types define the parties. These are: Passive, Aggressive and Assertive. He goes further to explain that a lot of social groups activities and philosophies are determined and formulated by the relationships between these three groups. Due to the fact that these groups are actually containers into which a larger, more detailed variety of personality types exist their definitions are very diverse and subjective to the perspective of the user. They are best illustrated as such. Passive people do not attempt to influence their external environment with his actions as much as they allow their external environment to affect their actions and attitudes to aid in the issues of self gain. Aggressive people make more of the attempt and do it in a very direct manner which does not allow for much compromise unless that compromise serves the purpose of bettering their image and status within a group for reasons related to self worth and gain....
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