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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 150-156

Collectivity as a basic instinct for survival: Mechanisms and clinical reflections

1 Vocational School of Health Services, Department of Medical Documentation and Secreteriat, Üsküdar University, İstanbul, Turkey
2 Departments of Psychology and Philosophy, Üsküdar University, İstanbul, Turkey
3 Department of Psychological Counselling and Guidance, Boğaziçi University, İstanbul, Turkey
4 Department of Psychology, Üsküdar University, İstanbul, Turkey

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Baris Onen Unsalver
Üsküdar Üniversitesi NP Feneryolu Tıp Merkezi, Ahmet Mithat Efendi Cd. No: 17, Kalamış, İstanbul
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jnbs.jnbs_20_21

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Collectivity, referred as the drive to be and stay together with the other beings, serves as a basic tool for survival and reproduction. Thus, it should be considered a basic instinct. In the first part of this article, we are describing the basic mechanisms of collectivity: (1) the collectivity instinct, (2) social trust, (3) inter- and intragroup dynamics, and (4) the ability to recognise the facial expression of others. In the second part, we will give some clinical examples (such as autism and narcissistic and paranoid personality disorders) as the disorders of collectivity. The ideas presented here may be the basis for the modification of new psychotherapy techniques for the disorders of collectivity in future.

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