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    Re: Do you need to belong?

    Quote Originally Posted by megaprogman View Post
    Do you need to belong to a group to feel a sense of identity? Anything from a local church group to being a part of one's country or culture. This has nothing to do with me personally, I am just curious to see the results.





    (in fact, I tend to dislike identity based groups rather strongly because I have yet to find one that I agree with completely)
    Nope. The fact that I don't like groups could have something to do with that.

    I interact quite well with individuals, or very small groups. Even then, I tend to break away with individuals. I prefer it. The conversation is better and behavior is less hindered by groupthink and the desire to fit in, which is really a form of dishonesty. I really just don't like groups.

    I think this is partially due to the fact that I seem to be missing the groupthink wire. I'm that chick standing in a crowd of excited people and wondering why everyone is freaking out. It just doesn't translate to me.

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    Re: Do you need to belong?

    Not really, I'm perfectly happy to limit my interactions to strangers on teh internetz, and the only group I ascribe to identity-wise is Australian.
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    Re: Do you need to belong?

    Quote Originally Posted by MistressNomad View Post
    I think this is partially due to the fact that I seem to be missing the groupthink wire. I'm that chick standing in a crowd of excited people and wondering why everyone is freaking out. It just doesn't translate to me.
    I think you a need an orgy.

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    Re: Do you need to belong?

    Quote Originally Posted by Canell View Post
    I think you a need an orgy.
    I think I need to be a nun.

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    Re: Do you need to belong?

    Absolutely. I'm a people person (no, really). I get a kick out of meeting new people, and I have a grope of close friends I wouldn't trade for anything.
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    Re: Do you need to belong?

    Quote Originally Posted by X Factor View Post
    Absolutely. I'm a people person ...... have a grope of close friends.
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    Re: Do you need to belong?

    Quote Originally Posted by X Factor View Post
    -- I have a grope of close friends I wouldn't trade for anything.
    I'm pleased you manage to keep your special DP friends happy with a grope here and there.

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    Re: Do you need to belong?

    Being a committed part of something larger than oneself is a major step in personal development. It goes beyond self awareness and into self actualization and realization.

    For most people the first time this happens is kids, but there are other epiphanies in people's lives that help them "find their niche".

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    Re: Do you need to belong?

    I belong to several organizations and im active in two but my sense of identify comes from me...not anything or anyone I associate with.

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    Re: Do you need to belong?

    The identity you get from them is only as important as the identity you give to them. I self-identify including many things I've learned from others. I've heard to learn about someone, look at their friends.

    A sense of identity cannot come only from oneself. One must get the idea somewhere. One does not invent everything as one goes.
    Last edited by ecofarm; 05-26-11 at 08:52 AM.

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