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    Social Influence, Facilitation, Personal Space, and Territoriality

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    Think about a group or social category to which you belong and with which you identify. What does this group mean to you? What are some examples that demonstrate your high level of identification to this group?

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    Social Influence

    Think about a group or social category to which you belong and with which you identify. What does this group mean to you? What are some examples that demonstrate your high level of identification to this group?

    Being a member of a group does influence how we behave. As members of the Homo Sapien group, we tend to ape or mimic others. For instance, as soon as 3 days after birth, human babies try to mimic their caretakers' facial expressions and gestures (Kassin, Fein & Markus). When being part of a group, we are subject to "automatic" social influence, conformity, compliance and obedience to maintain our membership within a certain group (Kassin, Fein & Marku). "Automatic" social influence is innate as we do not think about how other people's behaviors influence and change our own to be similar to other people's behaviors.

    I belong to a group for trained and "certified" farriers (farrier = horseshoer). Being female, I am a "rarity" as about 94% of farriers are male. My membership with this group is enjoyable and informative as most of us are horse lovers. We exchange information about horse behaviors and new shoeing techniques and materials. To be a member of the group, we all had to pass the same exams. Having highly specific physiology knowledge (the bones, ...

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    The concepts of social influence and identification are discussed and example provided.

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