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Definitions of groups and different types of groups

What is a group? What group has the most influence over you and why? Please provide references.

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Let's take a closer look. I also attached the informative article (Smith, 2008), from which some of this response is drawn.


1. What is a group?

There are many definitions proposed when trying to define a group. For example, according to Forsyth's (2006), the definition of a group is this:

"Hundreds of fish swimming together are called a school. A pack of foraging baboons is a troupe. A half dozen crows on a telephone line is a murder. A gam is a group of whales. But what is a collection of human beings called? A group. .... [C]ollections of people may seem unique, but each possesses that one critical element that defines a group: connections linking the individual members.... [M]embers are linked together in a web of interpersonal relationships. Thus, a group is defined as two or more individuals who are connected to one another by social relationships (p. 2-3, as cited in Smith, ...

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Definitions of groups and different types of groups are summarized in this solution. References are also provided to further validate the findings.