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Belonging, Need for

  • By: Michael R. Maniaci
  • In: Encyclopedia of Human Relationships
  • Edited by: Harry T. Reis & Susan Sprecher
  • Subject:Interpersonal Relationships, Group Processes/Dynamics, Close Relationships

The need for belonging (also called the need to belong, belongingness motivation, or the need for relatedness) refers to the fundamental and universal human motivation to develop and maintain stable and caring interpersonal relationships. This notion has deep roots—Aristotle, John ...

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