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    Do you need to belong?

    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)
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    Re: Do you need to belong?

    No, though I gravitate towards public service organizations, I don't get my sense of who I am from them. I easily walk away when I've fulfilled my goals and go onto the next. Although, does cheering my kids from the sidelines count? I did enjoy "representing" at games. That brings up being a sports fan. Does wearing a t-shirt to a game count? I don't see how I derive a sense of of identity from that.

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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)
    I am semi-anti social. Large groups of people tend to make me jittery and if I stay around em too long I start to not think straight and get short of breath. So no.
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    Re: Do you need to belong?

    I don't belong anywhere at the moment but I definitely would like to belong somewhere.

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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)
    I like being a part of my family.
    The best group I identify with, other grouping has never really been important to me.
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    Re: Do you need to belong?

    Of course, "man is a social animal". Man alone is fit just for the WC.

    Prime identities are language and religion.

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    Re: Do you need to belong?

    I've never belonged anywhere before, so I don't see why I need to now. I'd like to belong to a group, but that doesn't appear to be an option for me.

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    Re: Do you need to belong?

    Quote Originally Posted by Viktyr Korimir View Post
    I've never belonged anywhere before, so I don't see why I need to now. I'd like to belong to a group, but that doesn't appear to be an option for me.
    Well, don't you belong to DP?

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    Re: Do you need to belong?

    I am in a misfit mood tonight and wish that I was mega rich so I could just buy an island & a mountian and never have to deal with people ever again. I would hole up and become an enigma never to be seen again. I would fly in things, shop online and make everyone leave eveything at my door.
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    Re: Do you need to belong?

    Everyone builds their identity in relationship to the groups around them, it’s impossible to do otherwise. Nations, states, cities, schools, social cliques, sports teams, groups based around hobbies and interests, etc.…You establish who and what you are by which of those groups you support or oppose (however fanatically or apathetically). You can no more be free of all groups’ influence than you can be free of the gravity of the sun and the moon.

    Not hanging your identity on an association with any particular group (family, religion, political parties, sports teams, academic groups, whatever) let’s your self-esteem fall down the stairs without any hand-holds to catch on the way down. People use their affiliation with groups to draw strength and bolster their self-image. When everything falls apart around you, what are the cornerstones you use to rebuild your life? The values you’ve taken from the groups around you and woven into your identity.

    Yeah, this can be taken to unhealthy extremes, just look at all the self-important hyper-partisans calcified into their views in defiance of logic and fact. But the other end of the spectrum is feeling an apathetic blah towards everything (yourself included!). Wouldn’t want to over-correct when trying to avoid their negative example, now would you?

    Me? I’m ****ed up in the head with an Avoidant Personality Disorder. I avoid people (duh) out of anxiety and shyness, which naturally leads to weakened bonds of affiliation. Yes, I (like any other human) need to belong with others; not belonging is a mark of vulnerability and weakness.

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