Not belonging is often associated with a negative state of humanity such as grief, unhappiness and loneliness.
The transition journey towards meaningful belonging involves challenge and struggle
Meaningful belonging is built upon respectful and inclusive relationships as well as meaningful acceptance.
- The Novel The Simple Gift [Herrick, UOP,2000]
- The Film, Lars and the Real Girl[Gillespie, MGM,2007]
- Short Story School (Peter Cowan)
Belonging is a deep physiological, psychological and emotional need that shapes the human behaviour and it is of important need according to Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. Belonging is where an individual finds acceptance and comfortability within a group, person and/or place. Where we belong, can determine who and what we are and how we fit into society fundamentally shaping our identity. Where an individual does not belong they are commonly associated with a negative state of humanity such as isolation, grief and unhappiness. Not belonging is seen as a miserable state of existence which does not bring about fulfillment or a greater sense of positive personal identity. Concepts such as; meaningful belonging is built upon respectful and inclusive relationships and genuine acceptance, the transition journey towards meaningful belonging involves challenges and struggles and meaningful belonging empowers and individual towards personal growth is explored in texts such as ‘Lars and the real girl’, ‘The simple gift’ and (undecided).
Concept 1) The Simple Gift
Billy doesn’t want to belong at home because of the abusive relationship between him and his father. He is forced to belong because it is home.
Old Bill doesn’t want to belong. He wants to be isolated from society and erase his memory with alcohol and nicotine. Because belonging brought him pain and rejection.
Caitlin doesn’t feel as she belongs with social economic status. She is unhappy...