The need to feel like we belong is one of our strongest psychological needs. “Belonging” makes us feel accepted, appreciated, welcomed, valued, secure, and safe. We often center our identities around being members of communities where we feel the strongest sense of belonging, whether those communities revolve around family groups, geography, interests, goals, or shared experiences. Feeling like we don’t belong has deep emotional repercussions that can lead to feelings of isolation, disconnection, anxiety, depression, and insecurity, and even lead to physiological stress. However, we also have the ability to give others a sense of belonging. When we practice compassion, acceptance, and nonjudgment, we have the power to create communities for ourselves.


Have the Courage to Stand Alone (Find True Belonging) I Brené Brown

Who is Brené Brown? She is a research professor at the University of Houston. Brown has spent the past two decades studying courage, vulnerability, shame and empathy. She's the author of #1 New York Times bestsellers: The Gifts of Imperfection, Daring Greatly, Braving the Wilderness.

The Origin of Others

Drawing on her Norton Lectures, Toni Morrison takes up these and other vital questions bearing on identity in The Origin of Others. In her search for answers, the novelist considers her own memories as well as history, politics, and especially literature.

Create a Sense of Belonging

Finding ways to belong can help ease the pain of loneliness.

We read to know we are not alone.


David Whyte: on Belonging & Coming Home

Poet - Philosopher David Whyte in an intimate conversation about the challenges and experience of belonging.

Tribe: On Homecoming & Belonging

We have a strong instinct to belong to small groups defined by clear purpose and understanding--"tribes." This tribal connection has been largely lost in modern society, but regaining it may be the key to our psychological survival.

The Importance of Belonging

Columnist Amanda Enayati ponders the theme of seeking serenity, the quest for well-being, and life balance in stressful times.

You are imperfect, you are wired for struggle, but you are worthy of love and belonging.


The Human Need for Belonging | Amelia Franck Meyer | TEDxMinneapolis

Child welfare veteran Amelia Franck Meyer describes the human need to belong and to be claimed. When we are disconnected from our tribe, and we feel as though we must make it on our own, it can have devastating life-long impacts. Listen to Amelia share the profound power of human connection.

You Belong: A Call for Connection

We are not separate from each other. But we don’t always believe it, and we certainly don’t always practice it. In fact, we often practice the opposite—disconnection and domination. From unconscious bias to “cancel culture,” denial of our inherent interconnection limits our own freedom.


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