One dominant theme in Social Psychology that affects our behavior is our need to belong. The textbook mentioned a study that was done involving 5 men that had to live in separate rooms for an extended time. The shortest amount of time that one participant can handle was 20 minutes. The longest amount of time that the last standing participant lasted for was only 8 days. However, the participant that made it through the longest suffered from anxiety as a result of the study. This was due to the lack of communication he had with other people and his need to "belong"(495).
We all have a need to belong--at school, work, and even at home. At school I have the need to declare in a major so that I can feel belonged and connect to other students with similar interests as me. At work I have the need to leave a good impression to show that I belong with the company and believe in their mission. At home I also have a need to belong as a daughter, sister, and even a mother. Being around people makes us all feel a lot better in general because we are able to communicate our likes, dislikes, and stresses. Without having anyone to talk to we will eventually begin to feel like we do not belong and eventually live our lives being grumpy and agitated all the time. In order to live in a positive lifestyle we have to feel a sense of belonging.