Interactive and Affiliative Patterns in Groups

  • Tom Douglas


As far as we know, Aristotle was the first person to formulate basic principles of social influence and persuasion; but, although he did say that man is a social animal, he was probably not the first person to make that observation. Moreover, chances are he was not the first person to marvel at the truth of that statement while simultaneously puzzling over its triteness and insubstantiality. (Aronson, 1980, p. 1)

Nor can such conceptions as individual, personality, self, or mind be described except in terms of membership in a group or groups — unless again we wish to hug the figment of the individual as a detached, self-contained entity. (Malinowski, 1939. p. 938)


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