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Identify your in-groups and your out-groups. how have your in-groups influenced the way you see the world? and what influence have your out-group had on you? Identify your in-groups and your out-groups. how have your in-groups influenced the way you see the world? and what influence have your out-group had on you?

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An in-group is a group with which a person has connections and with which a person shares some qualities. An out-group is a group with which a person has no connections.

My in-groups influence what I do and how I think. I identify with a particular religion and there are expectations of how I should behave, what I am allowed and not allowed to do, and when and where I pray. As an educator, I share common values in which many educators believe. I believe that all students can learn and that all children are entitled to a good, high-quality education. I believe that students should work hard and try their best. As a sports official, I believe in fairness in sporting competition. I believe the rules should be followed and enforced, just like other sports officials believe. My family influences my values and how I live my life. My family has had the most influence on me.

Out-groups influence me even though I am not a part of any of these groups. If I enter a house of worship that is...

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A person's in-group and out-group greatly depends on the individual. There are various roles that one takes up on a daily basis and these roles construct the in-group. For example, your immediate family makes up one in-group, in which certain values and ideals have been passed down to you. Beyond one's family, in-groups can include distinctions between male and female, different religions, and racial or cultural groups. Each in-group contributes to the way a person sees the world. This is because they are constantly interacting with out-groups. 

Out-groups are those various factors, like religion and race, that are different from one's particular in-group. What is an out-group for one person may be an in-group for another. Different world views are projected from these out-groups that may negatively affect in-groups you are currently participating in. Sometimes, this leads to out-group bias: where there is a tendency to view your own particular out-groups negatively. it can be especially prevalent in the dominate in-group, say in a society where one way of life is more common than another. The dominate in-group will more than likely form negative opinions of the out-group and this could put that out-group at a disadvantage.