Associative Patterns in Created and Adapted Groups

  • Tom Douglas


Why do we need others? Essentially, we need them for the rewards they can offer us and the costs they can help us avoid; we also need others for the information they can provide about our world and about ourselves. (Raven and Rubin, 1976, p. 41)

It seems likely that affiliative social bonds have survival value for groups and that innate affiliative patterns of behaviour have evolved. Relations between members of a group can be seen as an equilibrium between aggression and affiliative processes: the affiliative processes hold the aggressive ones in check. (Argyle, 1970, p. 31)


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