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What Are Group Dynamics?

dy·nam·ic [dahy-nam-ik]
adjective Also, dy·nam·i·cal.
1.pertaining to or characterized by energy or effective action; vigorously active or forceful; energetic: the dynamic president of the firm.
2.Physics.
a.of or pertaining to force or power.
b.of or pertaining to force related to motion.

Unknown-4Groups can be funny animals. Group dynamics have been studied by the psychology greats over generations. Certain things always happen within a group.  It’s important to find a group you trust, of course. But how do you know you can trust them until you are a part of the group? I mean, why not just stay at home and write by yourself rather than taking a chance on a group setting? Writing alone can be very isolating and leave you stagnant. It’s not for every writer.  Just as groups are not for every writer.  images-1

Social groups, such as writing groups, maintain a certain amount of core support from all the members that feels solid, but cannot remain stagnant. Even if the members want it to, the natural process is to shift. For example, a natural part of group dynamics is that the new person will feel like the newcomer until another new person joins, and that can be months or years. But within the core, the old timers play out different roles: newcomer, jokester, mother, task master, star, quiet one, etc.  No one group member holds on to his or her role for the duration.  The roles switch around. One person will be the quiet one, and the next month end up being the star, while the previous star becomes the jokester. It’s part of the dynamics. It’s what makes a group work.  If there isn’t change, then the group of its own accord forces change. In essence, if the group did not make shifts and changes it would fall apart.

So don’t be afraid to join a group. If it’s a trustworthy group you won’t be the newcomer forever, and the old timers will shift seats anyway. But be sure to join a group that is dynamic, that wants and promotes forward motion.  Otherwise, you’ll become stagnant.

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