Copy-cat? Youth with few friends conform to stay in a friend's 'good graces'
A network of support to a human is the fundamental criteria for having a sense of safety. That need is embedded in our DNA.
Relationships matter more than emotion when it comes to 'likes' on Instagram
Since human beings are essentially relationship-dependent animals, we constantly seek to increase the support we get from existing relationships and search out new ones.
Some friends make you feel more supported than others
It’s good to have friends and family to back you up when you need it—but your sense of being supported is even greater if they belong, in a sense, to the same tribe.
Caring for family is what motivates people worldwide
"People consistently rated kin care and mate retention as the most important motivations in their lives, and we found this over and over, in all 27 countries that participated,"
Feeling moments of support improve wellness
Poets and songwriters may tend to focus their artistry on passion and romance, but it may be those unsung, brief feelings of love throughout the day that are connected with psychological well-being.
Positive relationships boost self-esteem, and vice versa
Lack of social support - or deep friendships - and low self-esteem weakens the immune system, which is why lonely people tend to die early. This is one of the reasons why constant working from home without the support of an office environment (most people’s tribe, or center of belonging) is so dangerous.
High status-signaling deters new friendships
When it comes to making new friends, status symbols actually stop people making friends with us, according to new research published in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science.
Social pursuits linked with increased life and work satisfaction.
If you want to give a little boost to your life satisfaction a year from now, try socially-focused strategies over strategies that involve nonsocial pursuits, according to research published the journal Psychological Science.
‘Phubbing’ can threaten our basic human needs.
Now new research has shown that ignoring someone you’re with in a social (or work) setting to concentrate on your mobile phone—called ‘phubbing’—can have a negative effect on relationships (and even mental health) by threatening our basic human need to belong.
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