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The term group dynamics implies that individual behaviours may differ depending on individuals' current or prospective connections to a sociological group. Group dynamics is the field of study within the social sciences that focuses on the nature of groups. Urges to belong or to identify may make for distinctly different attitudes (recognized or unrecognized), and the influence of a group may rapidly become strong, influencing or overwhelming individual proclivities and actions. The group dynamics may also include changes in behaviour of a person when he is represented before a group, the behavioural pattern of a person vis-a-vis group. Behavior or behaviour refers to the actions or reactions of an object or organism, usually in relation to the environment. ... Social interactions of people and their consequences are the subject of sociology studies. ...


Group dynamics form a basis for group therapy. Politicians and salesmen may make practical exploitations of principles of group dynamics for their own ends. Increasingly, group dynamics are becoming of particular interest because of online, social interaction made possible by the internet. Group therapy is a form of psychotherapy during which one or several therapists treat a small group of clients together as a group. ... Niccolò Machiavelli, ca 1500, became the key figure in realistic political theory, crucial to political science Political Science is the systematic study of the allocation and transfer of power in decision making. ... Sales, or the activity of selling, forms an integral part of commercial activity. ...


Compare: crowd psychology. Ordinary people typically can gain direct power by acting collectively. ...


A group, according to the Bruce Tuckman (1965) proposed the 4-stage model called Tuckman's Stages Tuckman's model states that the ideal group decision making process should occur in 4 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); and performing (working in a group to a common goal on a highly efficient and cooperative basis). It should be noted that 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. see [1] ... 1965 (MCMLXV) was a common year starting on Friday (link goes to calendar). ... The Forming – Storming – Norming – Performing model of team development was first proposed by Bruce Tuckman in 1965, who maintained that these phases are all necessary and inevitable - in order for the team to grow, to face up to challenges, to tackle problems, to find solutions, to plan work, and to...


Wilfred Bion studied group dynamics from a psychoanalytic perspective. Many of his findings were reported in his published books, especially Experiences in Groups, London, Tavistock, 1961. Tavistock Institute has further developed and applied the theory and practices developed by Bion. Wilfred Ruprecht Bion, 1897-1979, was a British psychoanalyst. ... This article is in need of attention from an expert on the subject. ... The Tavistock Institute is an outgrowth of the Tavistock Clinic, which was founded in 1920 in Tavistock Square in London. ...


Further reading

  • W. R. Bion, Experiences in Groups: And Other Papers, Routledge, 1991, trade paperback, 148 pages, ISBN 0415040205

See also

In organizational development (OD) and Consensus decision-making, facilitation refers to the process of designing and running a successful meeting. ... The Forming – Storming – Norming – Performing model of team development was first proposed by Bruce Tuckman in 1965, who maintained that these phases are all necessary and inevitable - in order for the team to grow, to face up to challenges, to tackle problems, to find solutions, to plan work, and to... Group-dynamic games are games that teach and reflect certain group dynamics as well as interpersonal relationships: relationships between two people relationships between a person and a group relationships between groups Group-dynamic games are usually designed for the specific purpose of furthering personal development and character building. ... Groupthink is a term coined by psychologist Irving Janis in 1972 to describe a process by which a group can make bad or irrational decisions. ... In organizational development (OD), the phrase group process refers to the behavior of people in groups, such as task groups that are trying to solve a problem or make a decision. ... An interpersonal relationship is some relationship or connection between two people. ... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... A talking circle is a method used by a group to discuss a topic in an egalitarian and non-confrontational manner. ... History Cogs Ladder of group development is based off of the work, Cogs Ladder: A Model of Group Growth, by George O. Charrier, an employee of Proctor and Gamble, written and published for a newsletter in that company in 1972. ...

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Group dynamics - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (270 words)
Group dynamics is the field of study within the social sciences that focuses on the nature of groups.
The group dynamics may also include changes in behaviour of a person when he is represented before a group, the behavioural pattern of a person vis-a-vis group.
Group dynamics form a basis for group therapy.
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