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63 Examples of Social Behavior
John Spacey, November 05, 2020
Social behavior is the way that people interact with one another. The following are common examples.
CommunicationThe process of conveying information to others with a verbal, written or sign language. It is also possible to communicate visually or with body language and eye contact.
CommunityHumans crave social interaction and inclusion and form together in groups to enjoy a sense of community.
ListeningThe practice of consuming communication. This can include a bunch of listening strategies such as filtering out uninteresting information.
CooperationHumans can cooperate as very large groups using structures such as societies, organizations and projects.
PoliticsThe complex and contentious process of deciding how to act as a group.
CultureCulture is the emergence of shared meaning and expectations amongst groups based on their experiences. Conforming to culture helps people to get along with a sense of common identity.
NormsNorms are expectations for behavior in the context of a community or culture. For example, rules of politeness in a particular city.
ToleranceThe ability to get along without shared culture and norms.
AcceptanceThe act of accepting people as unique individuals as opposed to requiring strict conformance to a group identity of them.
TraditionTradition is the continuation of the culture of the past. This provides cross-generational shared experiences and stability in a world of constant change.
Rites of PassageA rite of passage is a type of tradition whereby a group marks the milestones in an individual's life.
ComraderyComradery are feelings of respect for those with whom you have endured shared challenges and stresses. Humans can form stronger relationships based on comradely in the most difficult of situations.
LoyaltyThe ability to treat someone well and to unselfishly defend their interests.
LoveUnconditional respect and affection for another person.
AltruismThe ability to selflessly act in the interests of people, animals or planet often at a cost or risk to yourself.
CharismaCharisma is the ability or tendency to act in a way that others find appealing.
PlayThe pursuit of joy for the sake of joy. This is often social and is considered important to the process of developing social skills.
HumorThe ability to create joy with thinking and communication.
WitThe ability to respond to social situations quickly in the moment in some intelligent way. A cognitive ability that is the basis for high level social skills such as charisma and humor.
LeadershipThe ability to get others to follow you to unite the actions and thinking of groups.
InfluencingThe process of trying to change what others think.
MotivatingThe process of trying to get others to act.
FollowingThe practice of following a leader. This may make you a member of a group such as a team or movement.
Herd BehaviorThe tendency for humans to look to others for clues on how to act in a situation. For example, people tend to follow each other to find an exit in a fire even if they have knowledge of the layout of the building themselves. This can lead to crowding of one exit with other exits unused due to herding driven by fear.
GossipingThe practice of talking about other people, often with little regard to evidence and accuracy.
Status SeekingThe process of trying to gain social status based on perceptions of things like wealth, appearance, youth and authority.
SignalingSignaling is the process of trying to communicate your strengths to others. This can include visual communication such as fashion designed to communicate a strength such as wealth.
CountersignalingThe practice of downplaying your strengths in order to show off your strengths. For example, a corporate executive who dresses informally to countersignal their authority as a communication of their strength.
MediocrityMediocrity is pathetic behavior where an individual clings to a group for safety, comfort and benefits but minimizes their contributions to that group.
Social LoafingSocial loafing is a tendency to contribute less to group work than individual work. This often results from poorly structured group activities with unclear roles or where too many people are involved in solving a problem. Not to be confused with mediocrity.
ConformityStrict adherence to the expectations of others.
ShynessFeelings of mild anxiety in social situations whereby you feel constrained in your responses.
ReservednessAn individual who doesn't feel like engaging with someone socially but isn't shy.
UnaffectednessAn individual with high self-awareness who doesn't depend on validation from others.
AlienationAlienation is a feeling of disengagement and estrangement from groups to which you belong.
IndependenceThe ability to transcend social processes to be yourself without feeling alienated.
Antisocial BehaviorAntisocial behavior is when an individual breaks the norms of groups to which they belong or generally disregards the well being of others.
MalevolenceHighly antisocial behavior whereby you wish or cause harm to others.
DeceptionLying and other types of deception such as strategic omission of the truth.
ManipulationAiming to influence the thoughts, emotions or behaviors of others in some deceptive or negative way.
MisbehaviorFailing to conform to the reasonable expectations of others without any intent to harm anyone.
DisciplineThe process of admonishing and penalizing others for their behavior.
Taking the High GroundThe practice of maintaining high standards of behavior for yourself even when dealing with people who behavior poorly. For example, an accomplished individual who refrains from arguing with antisocial people in the street even if insulted.
Tit for TatTit for tat is the strategy of matching the negativity of others but not escalating things.
Social ComparisonThe tendency to evaluate yourself by comparing yourself to others.
CompetitionA drive to outperform each other. Humans enjoy competition so much that they create it with games and sports. The forces of competition may serve to bind people together with a sense of shared identity and purpose.
Fear of Missing OutFear of missing out is a motivation driven by negative social comparisons whereby you feel that others are doing better or getting ahead of you.
GroupthinkGroupthink is a tendency for groups to try to force all members to pretend that they think the same.
Abilene ParadoxThe abilene paradox is when groups make decisions that each individual member of the group views as irrational. Group thought process often reflect the politics of the group as opposed to rational and coherent thought.
Devil's AdvocateDevil's advocate is the practice of saying something you don't really believe in hopes of breaking static thinking.
CivilityCivility is the practice of following the rules of a society and resolving disputes peacefully.
ArgumentThe process of resolving differences with words. An essential component of civility.
ProtestProducing creative tension as a means of exercising rights such as freedom of speech and democratic participation. This is one of the things that distinguishes civility from mere conformity.
ConflictThe process of resolving differences with hostile action. This violates civility and can result is serious consequences such as destruction and misery.
Emotional IntelligenceThe ability to perceive the emotions of others and address things at the emotional level.
TeachingThe practice of sharing knowledge with others or trying to spark their talents.
Saving FaceSaving face is the practice of helping others to avoid embarrassment. For example, pointing out mistakes gently without admonishment.
SympathyShowing your concern for the misfortunes of others.
EmpathyEmpathy is the process of sharing an emotion with others. For example, being happy for someone or sharing in a sense of defeat after a loss.
SmugnessLooking down on others and viewing yourself as superior.
SideliningSidelining is the practice of ignoring or not involving someone as a means to reduce their influence.
InclusionThe practice of reaching out and including people in social processes.
NetworkingThe process of meeting new people. For example, striking up conversation with people at an event.
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