A peanut butter and jelly and hot dog sandwich topped with mustard

A peanut butter and jelly and hot dog sandwich topped with mustard

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D’Agnilli 1 Michael D’Agnilli English comp 1 Mr. Moore 1 October 2007 “How to Belong?” A peanut butter and jelly and hot dog sandwich topped with mustard, ketchup, chocolate syrup, pickles and to top it all off a penny on top. Not very appetizing to say the least yet there was my good friend Dan about to eat it. Not because he enjoyed it mind you, but for the sole reason of being accepted. Everyone knows those kids in middle school that would eat whatever was left over for the sole enjoyment of the group. Why do these individuals go though embarrassing ordeals for the amusement of others? Fulfillment of one of the most basic of human needs is the answer, to feel excepted by others. According to most psychologists humans have four basic social needs Security, Response, New Experience and Recognition. These social needs help psychologists understand why humans act the way they do in certain situations, the one that is important to understanding why people want to belong so much is recognition. Recognition is the need to know that one belongs somewhere and is accepted in a group. Most people receive a large majority of their recognition from their immediate family, either parents or siblings generally. This is called first tier recognition; second tier recognition is the support and acceptance that one receives from friends. First tier is most important in the early development of a child but as the child gets older and moves out in to the world, generally around seventh or eighth grade, second tier recognition becomes more and more important to the development of the child. By getting friends outside the family the child begins to shape their own person. But ultimately the child’s family shapes who the child will be because people tend to befriend others that have similarities, and those
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This note was uploaded on 04/14/2008 for the course COMP 1 taught by Professor Bonnycheznik during the Spring '08 term at Rowan.

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