Group Dynamics and the Public Sphere

Group Dynamics

How does group identity affect personal identity?

Individual group members reshape their own individual identity in keeping with their group membership. Our social identity is a function of our group memberships. By identifying with certain groups, we state that we share values, goals, and beliefs with that group. Moreover, our self-esteem is impacted by our status and value within the group as well as the group’s status in relation to other groups. People who belong to low status or devalued groups suffer damage to their self-esteem. Likewise, people can gain self-esteem by joining a group that values them and/or is valued by others.


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