There are millions of people in this world. Every single individual is different in their own way. This makes us unique. There may be other people named Darlene out there, but there is only one darlene with my traits. If we didn't have relationships with anyone, this would be a boring society. Who would we get to talk with. According for to Franzoi, the reason why we interact with others, so we can feel like we belong(Franzoi,2016). This helps build up our self-esteem as well(Franzoi,2016). We all try to fit in and feel socially excepted(Franzoi,2016). Two theory's that draw us into to people and help us choose who are the best relationships for us are known as the social comparison theory and the social exchange theory(Franzoi,2016).
A characteristic of humanity is social contact, each individual needs significant social interaction. Not only must humans have interaction, but must share things in common to care and love. This h...
First I would like to look at Georg Simmel, who puts emphasis of the importance of interaction between people. As he mentions in
Some years ago a number of psychologists hypothesized that the presence of fear will lead to an individual to want to associate with other persons. In a certain experiment, some subjects were casually divided into two diverse groups. The high fear group was told that in the event of the experiment they could be getting very painful electric shocks. The low fear group on the other hand was told that the received shock would be just like a tender touch. Both of the groups were asked whether they preferred to wait alone or have company of others who were also being shocked. When a suggestively larger percentage of the subjects of high fear group asked to have company, the researchers settled that high fear leads to an increase in the desire to associate with others.
George Homans and Peter Blau each offer an explanation of human interactions and how they reproduced social process and social structures. Homans develop his theory by observing four different social groups; street gang, work group in a factor, kingship system of a private island, and a village in new England. Through his observations he develop five propositions that underlies the dynamics of a group. Peter Blau further developed Homans theory and added that people calculated their actions based on the reward level of their action as well as the level of power they receive from their actions. Blau also explains how exchange theory becomes an institutionalization. I will also being going over Habermas’s uses of the theory of Communicative Action to develop a theory of society with practical intent.
The social exchange theory is prevalent within the three main characters in the novel Road Ends by Mary Lawon. The exchange theory is the idea that an individual makes a choice by weighing out the costs and benefits of a situation (Families in Canada, 2007. Pg. 42). Megan, Edward, and Tom all find themselves in very troubling situations, where they must examine what they have to offer and make a decision according to the costs and benefits. Megan often finds herself putting the benefits of others above what is best for her. Edward, her father, tries to shelter others from himself, but he only ends up hurting them more, instead of contributing all of his affection to them. Tom holds a more selfish view on the world, which impacts his ability to properly examine all the factors that affect his situation.
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Humans by nature, desire to have connections with other individuals in order to have a sense of self worth. Many factors contribute to these connections. The free verse novel The Simple Gift by Steven Herrick, the song Numb by Linkin Park and the film The Matrix all demonstrate that some people purposely disconnect themselves from having connections with other individuals because for them to connect they would first have to modify their personality, people’s life choices can hinder or assist them in forming associations with other people and a person’s measure of how much they belong is defined by their popularity or social status amongst their peers.
If people invested in relational goods then it will stimulate their companionship, emotional support, and social approval. In Relational Goods, Sociability, and Happiness Becchetti, Pelloni, and Rossetti claim that “the impact on life satisfaction of a wider set of non-instrumental social activities from volunteering, to spending time with friends, attending social gatherings and cultural and sports events” (344). However, Becchetti Pelloni, and Ross...