The psychological aspects of belonging to groups



During that activity we will focus on benefits of being a member of a community. People feel more secure when they know that they have others around them who share their goals and care about their progress. That is one reason why it can be so stressful for students to make decision of applying for student exchange programmes and move  to a different country for mobility. It is important to remember how hard it is for students to be far away from the formal and informal groups they belong to every day. From the same reason, it is a fundamental task for us as administrative staff and teachers to give students opportunity to belong to the groups and feel as a part of the group in our universities.

Task 1 During our lives, we are members of different groups and communities. As a warm-up task to the topic “The psychology of the group”, please fill out the template below describing two periods of your life – TEENAGE YEARS and NOWADAYS.

Task 2 Read the article The Psychology of Groups by Donelson R. Forsyth (Donelson R. Forsyth, a social and personality psychologist, holds the Colonel Leo K. and Gaylee Thorsness Endowed Chair in Ethical Leadership at the Jepson School of Leadership Studies at the University of Richmond. A fellow of the American Psychological Association, he researches and writes about ethics, groups, and related topics) and answer the following questions: As  human beings, are we able to exist without belonging to a group/community? How important is for you to be a part of your group/community? As you compare different periods of your life, which group(s) do you find the most important for your well-being?

Task 3 Please describe, in 5-7 sentences, one example of activities from your university thanks to which you can support group identity building among incoming students from different countries and cultures. Give us 3 strong and 3 weak sides of that activity from your point of view.

Task 4
1) Match correct explanation to the name of group development stages;

2) As you can see two descriptions are missing, try and describe the missing stages in short.

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