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Everyone has been a part of an in-group or out-group at some point in their lives. The group with which one may have felt a sense of belonging and loyalty would be considered one’s in-group. Alternatively, the group with which one may have felt animosity or exclusion from could be considered one’s out group. Some examples of in-groups include: gangs, Nazis, friendship cliques, and colleagues. Being a part of either group has consequences that are positive, at times, and negative. Examining the ways in which dividing people into groups impacts individual’s lives is important because it allows one to gain a better understanding of why society functions in the way that it does, and how groups can influence one’s thoughts and behaviors. In-groups have many positive consequences for the members of the group. For example, in-groups provide a sense of belonging. Being a part of a group of individuals with similar views and experiences cultivate a sense of solidarity. Furthermore, these groups can foster an environment of understanding; when one makes a mistake, it is more likely that a person who is a…show more content…
While being a part of an in-group can have many benefits for members of the in-group, such as feelings of inclusion and understanding, it also seems that this division most frequently creates negative consequences. This was exemplified through the treatment of Native Americans during the time of the Gold Rush in California. However, it is hard to judge whether or not it is possible to abandon the idea of in-groups and out-groups entirely. It seems that these groups are so deeply ingrained into the way that society operates. These groups contribute to one’s ideas and behaviors, and are deeply intertwined with how people become who they are. However, ideally, everyone would be a part of the in-group, feeling a sense of belonging, encouragement, and
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