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Need for affiliation

Need for affiliation, which is the desire for friendly and close interpersonal relationships.


Need for Affiliation is the motive to seek interpersonal relationships.


In social psychology, need for affiliation is the need to be with other people, particularly when facing the same unpleasant experience. There is some evidence that this need may be related to birth order with last-born children having least need and firstborn children (especially males) having most.

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