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Psychological needs/social psychology/group psychology/Tajfel: Tajfel and Turner (1979)(1) (…) proposed that a person’s need for positive identity may be satisfied by membership in prestigious social groups. The basic human drive here is for self-esteem ‒ the desire to feel good about ourselves. One way to achieve this end is to join social groups that are socially valued; another is to increase the perceived worth of the social groups to which one already belongs. To the extent that people are motivated to regard themselves positively, they will also be motivated to differentiate themselves from outsiders by perceiving as much difference as possible between their ingroup and those groups to which they do not belong.


1. Tajfel, H. and Turner, J.C. (1979) ‘An integrative theory of intergroup conflict’, in W.G. Austin and S. Worchel (eds), The Social Psychology of Intergroup Relations. Monterey, CA: Brooks/Cole. pp. 33–48.


John F. Dovidio, „ Promoting Positive Intergroup Relations. Revisiting Aronson et al.’s jigsaw classroom“, in: Joanne R. Smith and S. Alexander Haslam (eds.) 2017. Social Psychology. Revisiting the Classic studies. London: Sage Publications


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Tajfel, Henri
Haslam I
S. Alexander Haslam
Joanne R. Smith
Social Psychology. Revisiting the Classic Studies London 2017


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