Group Dynamics Ch1

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Group Dynamics midterm.

Chapter 1

What is a group?Group=2 or more interacting, interdependent people.
Why are groups so common? because we want to belong, connection, cooperation, know each other
What functions do they serve? Meaning and belonging
What functions do they serve? For individuals?Identity
What functions do they serve? Information aboutthe world
What functions do they serve? Information aboutourselves
What functions do they serve? Agents ofchange
Social identity-That part of an individual’s self-concept that derives fromknowledge of membership in a social group, together with the value and emotional significance of that membership.
Social comparison-A theory emphasizingthat people evaluate their own abilities and opinions by comparing themselves to others.
Self-evaluation maintenance theory-social comparison and jealousy more likely whenanother out performs us on an ego-relevant task. A variant of social comparison theory that says when close others do better than we do on things that are important to us, we may experience social comparison jealousy.

More Chapter 1 - Describe the key features of groups including interaction, structure, goals, and identification of self as group.

Members of groupsinteraction and influences one another
Greater interaction=greater groupness
Groups have structure that includenorms, roles, communication systems, status systems.
Groups have 3 thingsgoals, a mission, a task.
Group locomotion is propelled bygoals
The multiple interpersonal dynamics that overlay and affect group processes mean thata more comprehensive understanding of groups involves considering the interplay of intrapersonal, interpersonal, and group dynamics. They are connected.
?Interpersonal and group processes are at the same but they do affect one another.?