All individuals belong to various groups early in life, rather it be to a particular family, economic class, or a member of a community, state, or country. These relationships with different individuals and the environment differ greatly depending on the individual’s personal experiences and culture. However, belonging doesn’t always carry the positive associations individuals desire.
The attempt at “fitting in” is a lifelong pursuit, molding our identities and affecting our daily choices. Additionally, one’s identity may be altered to disassociate oneself with a group to which they belong. Thus, society often dictates where we belong for good or bad.
Rationale for Teaching
Learners from an early age become aware of how they belong in their family, school/peers, and community. Belonging is a crucial aspect of identity, exploring how to “fit in” with the desired group is a constant and lifelong struggle. By exploring how we belong, learners can better understand their environment, culture, and self.
- Belongingness, by developing social bond, is a basic human need
- The need to belong can affect our daily choices and identity
- Everyone belongs to numerous complex groups, which can generate either positive or negative psychological outcomes
- What is belongingness?
- How does the need to belong affect one’s identity and daily choices?
- How can belonging to an unwanted group affect an individual physically, psychologically, and behaviorally?