The Science of Belonging

Research by Natalie Witt

Humans inherently try to find others who share the same passions that fire up their souls and give them purpose. Finding this community of people who share similar goals and beliefs can help you along your journey to becoming the person you want to be. Belonging comes in various forms, and sometimes it is how one finds a sense-of-self.

 

Through the Years

What it means to belong in American society has evolved over the centuries. What drives the need to belong has shifted a great deal since the 1800s. Society’s focus was once entirely on family and having children. Today, this focus has shifted to individualism and technology. This shift shows how quickly values can change in society and what is considered important changes over time.

 

What makes you feel like you belong?