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Ingroup vs Outgroup: The Difference Explained

 , updated on April 26, 2016
An ingroup is a social group with which an individual identifies. An outgroup is a social group with which an individual doesn't identify.
Examples of social groups include nationality, hometown, organizational membership, race, gender, age, political ideology, religion and subcultures. Something as seemingly trivial such as cheering for the same sports team can create a strong sense of group membership amongst individuals.
Being a member of a group my give an individual a sense of social fulfillment and comradeship. It is also associated with conformity, pressure to conform, favoritism, discrimination and other cognitive biases.
Overview: Ingroup vs Outgroup
Ingroup Definition
A group with which you identify.
Outgroup Definition
A group with which you do not identify.
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Ambiguity Effect
Backfire Effect
Base Rate
Circular Reasoning
Cognitive Bias
Cognitive Dissonance
Complexity Bias
Crab Mentality
Creeping Normality
Curse Of Knowledge
Decoy Effect
Exposure Effect
False Analogy
False Hope
Fear Of Youth
Gambler's Fallacy
Golden Hammer
Halo Effect
Hindsight Bias
Negativity Bias
Optimism Bias
Peak-End Rule
Positive Bias
Sour Grapes
Survivorship Bias
Us vs Them
Victim Mentality
Wishful Thinking
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