Indeed, the idea that contact between members of different groups can help to reduce prejudice and improve social relations is one that is enshrined in policy-making all over the globe.
Kurt Lewin Kurt Lewin, is commonly identified as the founder of the movement to study groups scientifically. He coined the term group dynamics to describe the way groups and individuals act and react to changing circumstances.
William Schutz William Schutzlooked at interpersonal relations as stage-developmental, inclusion am I included? Schutz sees groups resolving each issue in turn in order to be able to progress to the next stage. Conversely, a struggling group can devolve to an earlier stage, if unable to resolve outstanding issues at its present stage.
Schutz referred to these group dynamics as "the interpersonal underworld," group processes which are largely unseen and un-acknowledged, as opposed to "content" issues, which are nominally the agenda of group meetings.
Wilfred Bion Wilfred Bion studied group dynamics from a psychoanalytic perspective, and stated that he was much influenced by Wilfred Trotter for whom he worked at University College Hospital London, as did another key figure in the Psychoanalytic movement, Ernest Jones.
He discovered several mass group processes which involved the group as a whole adopting an orientation which, in his opinion, interfered with the ability of a group to accomplish the work it was nominally engaged in. The Tavistock Institute has further developed and applied the theory and practices developed by Bion.
Tuckman's model states that the ideal group decision-making process should occur in four stages: Forming pretending to get on or get along with others Storming letting down the politeness barrier and trying to get down to the issues even if tempers flare up Norming getting used to each other and developing trust and productivity Performing working in a group to a common goal on a highly efficient and cooperative basis Tuckman later added a fifth stage for the dissolution of a group called adjourning.
Adjourning may also be referred to as mourningi. This model refers to the overall pattern of the group, but of course individuals within a group work in different ways.
If distrust persists, a group may never even get to the norming stage. Scott Peck[ edit ] M. Scott Peck developed stages for larger-scale groups i. Pseudo-community Emptiness True Community Communities may be distinguished from other types of groups, in Peck's view, by the need for members to eliminate barriers to communication in order to be able to form true community.
Examples of common barriers are: A community is born when its members reach a stage of "emptiness" or peace. Richard Hackman[ edit ] Richard Hackman developed a synthetic, research-based model for designing and managing work groups. Hackman suggested that groups are successful when they satisfy internal and external clients, develop capabilities to perform in the future, and when members find meaning and satisfaction in the group.
Hackman proposed five conditions that increase the chance that groups will be successful.Group dynamics is a system of behaviors and psychological processes occurring within a social group (intragroup dynamics), or between social groups (intergroup dynamics). The study of group dynamics can be useful in understanding decision-making behaviour, tracking the spread of diseases in society, creating effective therapy techniques, and following the emergence and popularity of new ideas.
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Psychology Definition of INTERGROUP CONFLICT: The term for disagreement or confrontation between two or more groups and their members. This may involve physical violence, interpersonal discord and psyc. Intergroup conflict causes changes to occur, both within the groups in conflict and between them.
Within the groups, members will usually overlook individual differences in an effort to unite against the other side, and with this concerted effort the . Creating Alternatives to Violence.
Although conflict is part of everyday life, it does not have to lead to violence. Dealing positively with conflict can help people understand each other better, build confidence in their own ability to control their destinies, and develop the skills they need to .
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