What's a word that describes the way Witnesses behave as a group?
What's a word that describes the way Witnesses behave as a group?....?......
.....This WatchTard Is Being Punished..............We Could Have Looked The Other Way..
........BY HIS FELLOW WATCHTARDS.....................IF HE WAS JUST A PEDOPHILE..
Thank you everyone for your ideas. David_Jay, yes I'm looking for that word that describes the "separatism" they practice so the dehumanizing consequences of "disfellowshipping" have some context to an outsider. Tal, "isolationism" sounds good but the more I think about it perhaps I should use more words to explain what's happening. Joe, perhaps "reclusive"...
I'm looking to explain how important my spouse is to me especially in light of the fact that my social network was severed when I left the Jehovah's Witnesses. This is the sentence so far: (any suggested improvements welcome, and thank you!)
Since Jehovah's Witnesses strongly discourage social contact with outsiders shunning has a more detrimental effect on individuals than may be realized by those not familiar with their practices. The [insular/clannish/isolationist/reclusive] nature of the group amplifies the significance of relationships formed after excommunication as these form the basis of an entirely new social network.
In think "insular" works really well. just my 2 : )
.sanc·ti·mo·ni·ousˌsaNG(k)təˈmōnēəs/adjectivederogatoryadjective: sanctimoniousmaking a show of being morally superior to other people."what happened to all the sanctimonious talk about putting his family first?"synonyms:self-righteous, holier-than-thou, pious, pietistic, churchy, moralizing, preachy, smug, superior, priggish, hypocritical, insincere;
Thanks Tal! That must have been the word I was thinking of initially. When I read the definition again, though, it had more of a negative connotation than I recall. Regardless, it probably fits the best in this context.
Holier than righteous.
Tajfel (1979) proposed that the groups (e.g. social class, family, football team etc.) which people belonged to were an important source of pride and self-esteem. Groups give us a sense of social identity: a sense of belonging to the social world.
n order to increase our self-image we enhance the status of the group to which we belong. For example, England is the best country in the world! We can also increase our self-image by discriminating and holding prejudice views against the out group (the group we don’t belong to). For example, the Americans, French etc. are a bunch of losers!
Therefore, we divided the world into “them” and “us” based through a process of social categorization (i.e. we put people into social groups).
This is known as in-group (us) and out-group (them). Social identity theory states that the in-group will discriminate against the out-group to enhance their self-image.
The central hypothesis of social identity theory is that group members of an in-group will seek to find negative aspects of an out-group, thus enhancing their self-image.