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The Self-Preservation Of The Group

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The individual's instinct for self-preservation requires wholly different actions and employs wholly different powers than the self-preservation of one's group, so that the self-preservation of individuals can sometimes exist thoroughly intact and successful while that of the group becomes weak and the group splinters. The most general case in which the self-preservation of the group becomes a problem is found in the fact that it maintains its identity during the departure and change of its members. This chapter offers one of the cases in which the temporal order of the phenomenon manifests a decided analogy with its spatial one. The essentially individual-psychological motive that supports the preservation of a relationship under the form of stability is termed 'fidelity.' The sociological importance of this encloses the specific matter of the chapter in so wide a circumference.

Keywords: fidelity; human relationship; self-preservation



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