Why we form Groups

Insecurity and anxiety also motivate us to form and join groups.

Being a part of a group relieves us of anxiety because it makes us feel like we are not the only ones who feel insecure about a particular thing. We often form groups with individuals who have similar insecurities. Having similar [unconscious] insecurities cause us to have similar desires from the perspective of the internal conflict model…Thus, the more insecure and anxious we are, the more motivated we are to form and maintain our own groups.”


– Toru Sato, “The Ever-Transcending Spirit: The Psychology of Human Relationships, Consciousness, and Development”

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