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Humans need interaction with one another however whether a person joins a group is largely dependant on number of variables such as personal traits social motives and gender Forsyth 1999 p 116 There are distinct traits and qualities in individuals who seek out membership in groups and those who avoid it My sister and I are like chalk and cheese our personalities are at either ends of the continuum While my sister is quiet soft spoken and thrives on her time alone myself on the other hand love the company of others and I feel energised when I am surrounded by groups of people Over the years I have engaged in number of groups such as youth groups orchestra art groups volleyball and basketball teams and I have a wide network of acquaintances and friends whereas in contrast my sister keeps to herself and joins groups only when she is forced to My sister prefers to do things on her own and comes across as withdrawn and shy Psychologist Carl G Jung 1924 would describe the personalities of my sister and myself as introversion- extraversion While my sister is described as an introvert holding bashful withdrawn quiet reclusive and shy qualities Forsyth 1999 p 91 keeping a limited contact with people myself conversely feeds off the energy groups provide to fulfil my outgoing sociable and extrovert nature It is understood that extraverts more so than introverts are likely to engage in group- like situations and environments because extraverts find group interaction interesting and stimulating Eysenck as cited in Forsyth 1999 p 91 therefore in conclusion extraverts are more likely to join group than of someone with introvert tendencies Other personal qualities may also push an individual towards or away from joining groups An individual holding high levels of social anxiety and shyness qualities are going to be inclined towards avoiding joining groups feeling uncomfortable and awkward when interacting with people they are
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