What can make for a strong sense of group loyalty? – Pride in the identity and achievements of your group? Commitment to the work? or the mutual attraction existing among group members? A new study published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, suggests that the answer could be the experience of ‘shared pain’.
According to the research, a shared painful experience, which is not fatal or permanently debilitating, could actually add to the strength of a group. Also, while there is certainly some degree of difficulty associated with the painful experience, its aftermath could be much more pleasant for the social cohesiveness of the group.
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