4 Formation

We are often told that the dullness of the country drives the people to the towns.
But that statement inverts the truth. It is the crowd in the towns,
the vast human herd, that exerts a baneful attraction on those outside it.

William McDougall’s An Introduction to Social Psychology, 1908

  • Chapter Case – The Impressionists: The Web Museum, of Paris provides an overview of the artists who joined the impressionists art circle in the 1800s.
  • Psychometrics.com provides a good overview of the famous FIRO-B inventory.
  • The President’s Challenge describes ways to create groups and maintain them. It focuses on building physical fitness, but its ideas are relevant to a variety of groups
  • Joining groups: various groups offer information about their groups as an encourage to solicit new members, and their methods are often fine examples of applied group processes. Examples include:
  • This American Life, from WBEZ in Chicago, offers a number of online programs that are relevant to groups. For example, recently a group of improv performers attended a rock show and pretended to be enthusiastic, die-hard fans. Others episodes include:
    • Episode 61 deals with fiascos, many of which are perpetrated by groups (from 1998).
    • Episode 74 examines how individuals act at conventions, when they join with hundreds or thousands of other people who are similar in terms of their avocations or employment.
    • Episode 109 deals with the motivation and excitement of joining with others at summer camp (1998 and 2003)
    • Eposide 158 examines how people act when they are emersed in a large crowd (2000). Their archives can be accessed at http://www.thislife.org/
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