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Carter, R. W., & Golant S. K. (1999).  Helping Someone with Mental Illness.
"Work fulfills many needs. It creates structure and meaning in our lives, gives us a sense of accomplishment, provides income and security, and also affords us the chance to socialize with friends and colleagues and to feel as if we belong to a community." (p. 102)
Kaufman, G. (1985).  Shame: The Power of Caring.
"All of us embrace a common humanity in which we search for meaning in living, for essential belonging with others, and for valuing of who we are as unique individuals. We need to feel that we are worthwhile in some especial way, as well as whole inside. We yearn to feel that our lives are useful, that what we do and who we are do matter. Yet times come upon us when doubt creeps inside, as if an inner voice whispers despair. Suddenly, we find ourselves questioning our very worth or adequacy. It may come in any number of ways: "I can't relate to people." "I'm a failure." "Nobody could possibly love me." "I'm inadequate as a man or as a woman." When we have begun to doubt ourselves, and in this way to question the very fabric of our lives, secretly we feel to blame; the deficiency lies within ourselves alone. Where once we stood secure in our personhood, now we feel a mounting inner anguish, a sickness of the soul. This is shame.

Above all else, shame reveals the self inside the person, thereby exposing it to view. To feel shame is to feel seen in a painfully diminished sense. This feeling of exposure constitutes an essential aspect of shame. Whether all eyes are upon me or only my own, I feel deficient in some vital way as a human being. And in the midst of shame, an urgent need to escape or hide may come upon us."

Friedman, S. D. (2013).  Total Leadership: Be a Better Leader, Have a Richer Life. 284. Abstract
"People want to feel that the parts of their lives fit together well, in a way that makes sense to them. And they want to feel that they belong and are contributing to interests beyond their immediate circle." (p 169)

See also: security, community, acceptance, group

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  • Concept: belonging
    • preferred: belonging
    • alternate: belongingness
    • related: security
    • related: community
    • related: acceptance
    • broader: group
    • closeMatch:
    • keyword-192
    • linked content:
      • in scheme:
      • gloss: happiness felt in a secure relationship; "with his classmates he felt a sense of belonging"
      • hyponym of:
      • sense: belonging
      • synset id: 107529817
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