The “Need to Belong” – Part of What Makes Us Human

By: Dr. Dylan Selterman   Why are people so strongly motivated to have relationships? According to a landmark paper by psychologists Roy Baumeister and Mark Leary it’s because of a fundamental “need to belong.”1 The “belongingness hypothesis” states that people have a basic psychological need to feel closely connected to others, and that caring, affectionate…

The Human Experience

By: Daniel Horgan   “Hey, how are you?” Many of us have muttered these words as we pass someone by, not waiting long enough to hear the response. We have a meeting to get to or a class to attend. We are thinking about what we just experienced in the past or what lies ahead…