Social Inclusion Or Social Exclusion?

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The need to belong is universal, all human beings want to feel a sense of belonging to a group. This could be seen as an evolutionary response where people who were ostracised from groups or communities often had to struggle to survive on their own which is no mean feat. Humans are social creatures, even if they manage to live off the land on their own, without human interactions, they could have mental breakdowns and go crazy. Others who witness the social exclusion of that person would not want to go through the same fate as him and adapt to detect ostracism early.
Social exclusion, or ostracism, has been seen in many parts of society. They can be seen as early as age 7 where children exclude and bully others in school. There are different modalities of ostracism. The first is physical ostracism where the person is physically excluded from the rest of the group. An example of this would be solitary confinement in prison where the inmate is locked up in a cell alone, with no communication with anyone.The second modality is social ostracism where a person is ignored even if they are physically present with the group. An example of this would be children giving silent treatment to a peer they do not like. They would ignore him even if he was
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There is a real threat to the victim’s future being brought by self-defeating behaviour which is subtle and usually hard to notice. The effects of social exclusion should be explained to children early and in simple terms, so that they would understand the consequences and not behave in that manner. If children are brought up to condemn ostracising behaviour, they would grow up with the same mindset which would eliminate social exclusion between adults at work. It could even increase productivity of companies if people started talking about what they dislike instead of ostracizing the
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