Group Dynamics

Group DynamicsSimply stated, group dynamics is the study of group behavior with special reference to the types of interactions that happen between and among persons in small groups involved in business and social activities.

Social Psychology is that branch of psychology that is concerned with the scientific study of the behavior of individuals as influenced, directly or indirectly, by social stimuli. Social psychologists are interested in the thinking, emotions, desires, and judgment of individuals, as well as their overt behavior. The condition of an individual’s inner state is inferred from some form of observable behavior.

Primarily, social psychology is concerned with the way man interacts in groups and how that interaction is responsible for the formation of good social behavior or unacceptable social behavior. A social group can be anything from a small family to a large political party, or an entire nationality. Every group is made up of different kinds of people. The group is, however, more that just a group of people. There is a social-psychological dynamic that is in operation in even the smallest group that is, as the Gestaltist would say, "more than the sum total of each of the members of that group”.

Long before the appearance of these philosophers, the Bible produced many insights into the relationships of men to other men. Indeed, it is those relationships that make up the course of man's existence on earth. Although God created man to have a relationship with Himself, the journey that man must make toward that relationship with God is affected to a great extent by his relationships with other men also on that journey. Men that cannot live in harmony with their fellow men will never be able to find their way into relationship with God. The Word of God says,

"If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?" 1 John 4:20 (KJV).

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