The desire to belong is universal.
Acceptance, understanding, establishing identity, relationships, choice, circumstance, culture context, nationalism, psychology motivations, jealousy, greed, racism, xenophobia (irrational fear of what is perceived to be foreign or strange), desire, family group. Belonging:
Identification, expectation, conformity, unity, familiarity, socialisation, connection, assimilation, inclusion, duty, religion, intrinsicality (genuineness), relations, agreement, accompaniment, possession, property, order. Experience:
Our life experiences teach us that when you stop trying to belong you realise that you have always belonged. We search for a place to belong, not realising that it is our perceptions and attitudes and not the place that allow us to belong.
Notions of identity:
When your cultural identity is marginalised you can feel dislocated and displaced, and believe that you do not belong to your culture or the dominant culture. Our search for who we are is fuelled by a need to find a place in the world where we belong. Relationships:
The need to belong to a group or a community shapes our behaviour, attitudes and actions. An individual has the potential to damage relationships and ensure that others do not belong. When humanity experiences a strong (spiritual connection) to a place the notion of belonging is strengthened and enriched. When our relationship with a place is shaped by a narrow and biased view of the world, our notion of Belonging can be questionable. Acceptance:
The basic human need to be accepted and belong can cloud our judgements and direct our actions. Understanding
When we begin to understand the forces that drive us to belong we develop empathy for others and personal insight. Not belonging:
Extraneousness, loss, discord (conflict), disorder, isolation, exclusion, extrinsicality, disagreement,alienation, ostracism, rejection, segregation, unfamiliar, desolation, disconnection, dislocation,...
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