Group Dynamics: Psychology of Group Behavior

Group Dynamics: Psychology of Group Behavior

Group Dynamics: Psychology of Group Behavior

Become an expert in group behavior! Learn how every group is similar in form and development and how each one operates.

Language: english

Note: 4.4/5 (93 notes) 11,731 students

Instructor(s): Taylor Guthrie

Last update: 2021-10-20

What you’ll learn

  • Learn how we internalize group values and goals and how our social groups become part of the way we identify ourselves.
  • Learn what types of people are attracted to group settings and what types of factors contribute to attraction and relationship formation.
  • Learn how all groups go through a predictable set of stages and how these stages influence behavior and promote group cohesion.
  • Learn how groups structure your behavior through informal rules and role assignments
  • Learn how the places and spaces that groups meet in influence behavior and identity.

 

Requirements

  • A willingness to learn and willingness to challenge beliefs that you may have about the way that the world works.

 

Description

Everyone can gain an advantage in their social world by understanding the ways in which social interaction is structured and the ways that groups influence our behavior and our sense of identity.

You’ll learn the psychology of group dynamics!

In this course we cover five core topics relating to group psychology

  1. Inclusion and Identity – Learn how we internalize group values and goals and how our social groups become part of the way we identify ourselves. We’ll explore how these identity processes influence our behavior and how they can lead to a sense of group cohesion.

  2. Group Formation Principles – Learn what types of people are attracted to group settings and what types of factors contribute to attraction and relationship formation. We’ll also explore the different individual motivations that drive people into group settings and explore ways of overcoming social anxiety and loneliness.

  3. Group Development and Group Cohesion – Learn how all groups go through a predictable set of stages and how these stages influence behavior. We’ll explore what cohesion is and how it builds over time and look at how cohesion can lead to higher rates of member satisfaction, group productivity and group effectiveness.

  4. Group Structure – Learn how groups structure your behavior through informal rules (norms) and role assignments. We’ll look at how extremely powerful these norms and roles are at controlling behavior and how this structure leads to higher levels of group cohesion.

  5. Environmental Factors of Group Behavior – Learn how the places and spaces that groups meet in are just as powerful as the interpersonal processes in influencing how you behave and how you identify yourself. We’ll look at ways that you can design the best types of places and spaces to promote group satisfaction and productivity and look at how we psychologically maintain personal space in different settings.

Through engaging and easy to follow video lectures and slide presentations, you’ll gain a comprehensive understanding of group dynamics and the ways in which our social world is structured. This course is designed as a University curriculum which can cost thousands of dollars in a formal college setting.

You’ll learn from a professionally trained Social Neuroscientist

This course was designed from scratch by an instructor who is an experienced teacher and who is an expert in both cognitive neuroscience and social psychology. The course is designed to be engaging and easy to understand and I will be available for any questions or concerns that may arise throughout your learning process. This material is also intended to enrich your understanding of your everyday life and social experiences and is meant to be relatable and applicable to your daily life.

The course includes over 5 hours of video lecture content that you can view at your own pace from the comfort of your home.

Understand the Groups in Your Life and Change them for the Better

If you have any interest in understanding why you and the people around you behave the way that they do then this is the course for you. Whether you are a manager, an employee, a teacher or just someone who spends a lot of time with other people than you will have a huge advantage in your social settings by understanding how and why group behavior is structured the way that it is. You’ll leave this class with a sense of appreciation for how powerful groups can be in our daily lives and how we can harness that to make our lives and the lives of those around us better.

 

Who this course is for

  • Managers, employees, teachers, or anyone that spends large amounts of time with other people
  • Psychology students that want to supplement their understanding of social psychology
  • Those who wish to gain an advantage in their social world by gaining insight into how group behavior is structured

 

Course content

  • Course Introduction
    • Introduction to the Course
    • Who am I?
  • Group Overview
    • Section Introduction
    • What is a group?
    • Interaction Within Groups
    • Types of Groups
    • How are groups studied?
    • Section Conclusion
  • Inclusion and Identity
    • Section Introduction
    • The Need to Belong
    • Individualism vs. Collectivism
    • Social Identity
    • How do we protect our Identity?
    • Section Conclusion
  • Group Formation
    • Section Introduction
    • What kinds of people join groups?
    • What motivates people to be social?
    • Why do some people avoid social interaction?
    • The Power of Social Support
    • What drives attraction between group members?
    • Section Conclusion
  • Group Development and Cohesion
    • Section Introduction
    • What is group cohesion?
    • What influences cohesion?
    • Group Development
    • Why is cohesion important?
    • Section Conclusion
  • Group Structure
    • Section Introduction
    • What are group norms?
    • How are roles assigned?
    • Stages of Group Membership
    • How does role assignment produce stress and dissatisfaction?
    • Overall Network Structure of Groups
    • Section Conclusion
  • Places and Spaces
    • Section Introduction
    • How do places influence group behavior?
    • How do spaces influence behavior?
    • Personal and Interpersonal Space
    • How do people develop a sense of ownership over group spaces?
    • Section Conclusion
  • Course Conclusion
    • Concluding Remarks and Class Highlights

 

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