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Undersocialising vs oversocialising

Posted by: alisrowe, August 4, 2015

Being social is, for so many, a very important part of their lives. Being social indicates we can belong to a group, and this is very crucial in the development of identity and the development of the self.

The simple truth is that we all long to be part of a group. A lot of sociology theories state that a person will only be able to define his identity, when he or she gets approval from the group they belong to. If they don’t get it, they will either be cast out and look for another group, or they will conform until who they are and their behaviour are accepted.

So being social is a natural desire for all people, due to the applied rules of sociology. And for some this comes a lot easier than for others. People with Asperger’s Syndrome, or autism, lack communication and social skills, and that makes it hard for them to be able to function in a group, or to be social. On top of that come the sensory processing issues which make it even harder to be social, or function in a group.

However, they, too, have a natural desire to belong to a group (no matter how small).

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