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  • all objects past, current and future

    7 17.07%
  • all objects

    2 4.88%
  • all animals

    3 7.32%
  • all mammals

    3 7.32%
  • all humans

    4 9.76%
  • all of similar race

    0 0%
  • all of similar faith

    1 2.44%
  • all in nation

    1 2.44%
  • all in region/area

    1 2.44%
  • all in town

    0 0%
  • all in neighborhood

    0 0%
  • all friends + family

    4 9.76%
  • all friends or family

    2 4.88%
  • self+partner(+kids)

    2 4.88%
  • self only

    5 12.20%
  • sub-self

    2 4.88%
  • other

    4 9.76%
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    Senior Member Jasz's Avatar
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    Default What is your "in" group?

    a passage in the blank slate by pirker struck a cord with me. he talked about "in groups" and "out groups" to describe the difference between those groups you identify yourself with and those you do not.

    my question to you: what is the largest group you identify with when you are in a positive state of mind? what is your largest in-group (assuming that when things get really rough most everyone would fall back to a smaller group or to one's self)?

    i have always seen all humans as my in-group. i have actually found it irrational if someone would go beyond that or short-sighted if one would identify with a smaller group. obviously, there is no right or rational answer, hence the poll!
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    I feel connected to animals in general and don't make the distinction between human and animal in the way that many are culturally conditioned to do. I can also feel a connectedness to trees and identify with them in certain ways, but not so much with non-living objects.
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    If I'm in a positive mood, then the past and present, the whole planet and everything on it is part of my in-group. Unless I've misunderstood the OP. I have this sense of feeling connected to everything, and can see how it's all connected (at least, in a fuzzy best-guess kinda way), back to when the planet first formed right through to the present. It's the connections and systems and how we got here that make me feel grounded and part of it all.

    Um. That sounds a little odd now that I've put it in writing.

    Edit: I guess I should have picked 'other' instead of choosing the first option.
    ...so much smoke pouring out of each chromosome.

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    In my most positive state of mind, I am compelled to lose myself in contemplation of beauty, and in so doing, awareness of a self as divided from other falls away.

    In that experience, awareness of all as is-ness appears. As such, I voted "other."


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    Interesting idea!
    ANFP:
    Extraversion (52%) ---- Introversion (48%)
    Sensing (26%) ---- iNtuition (74%)
    Thinking (16%) ---- Feeling (84%)
    Judging (5%) ---- Perceiving (95%)

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    Ah. The question you ask is one of tribalism. Typically we all embrace some idea of of tribalism. As our happiness and wellbeing extends we tend to extend our tribe to match it. So a healthy happy human will embrace the human race, all and everything.

    As we are attacked, or criticised, or suffer, we close ranks to our tribe of defence.

    Ultimately we can have a tribe of one.. but a good example is the family.. we might all be, for example, mongolian... but the moment another mongolian criticises our mother, we retract to the family tribe. That analogy seems to extend right out on different tribal levels...

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    In my case, it wouldn't include my family so much as the groups I've chosen to be part of. I identify with the groups I've chosen to identify myself with, which are based on my sense of self. So that could be... self? Or would it be friends? What if I retreat back towards people who defend my particular position on something, but away from those who disagree, no matter whom is whom? I think it's ultimately who ever seems to have the same principles, in my case.

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    All encompassing nature, i.e. Everything!
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    "That that is, is. That that is not, is not. Is that it? It is."

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    I said everything past, present, and future, but I specifically mean humans and nature. Humans and nature and everything havn't really changed fundamentally over the past, present, and future, so it's all the same.

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    I'm going to go and say that at my best, my 'in-group' does not include any humans at all. No individuals, anyway -- just the whole of human consciousness. Breaking them down into individuals would ruin it.
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