J.L. Moreno observed the following sociometric principles of groups. With this information you can determine why Donald Trump won the election and why Hillary Clinton lost. However, this blog is not about politics, but is an analysis of groups. It is not meant to be a forum for political beliefs. These principles were included in my new textbook, The Psychodrama Companion, now available at www.squareup.com/store/psychodrama.
People in power will find others to add to, or maintain, their power.Essentially, “The rich get richer and the poor get poorer.” Just observe the political process, corporate environment, or motorcycle gang. Clinton attracted a certain constituency to add to her power but ignored others. Trump added those others to his power.
Law of Social Gravitation
People move toward others who generate their spontaneity.Those who generate our spontaneity have roles or counter-roles that we want. Think about people who attract you and analyze the situation based on this law. Your spontaneity will attract others but you must generate their spontaneity if you wish to keep them. Trump generated the spontaneity of people who felt disenfranchised.
A group out of power will disrupt a group in power.When the Sociodynamic Effect reaches a certain point, people at the “bottom” will revolt if they are not heard, if the group is going in an undesirable direction, or if there are too many rules. The group will then split into factions and each will try to take over the leadership. Not only did the people out of power disrupt those in power, they took the power.
These principles can happen on a smaller scale, for instance, in your groups. That is why the knowledge of Sociometry is so important.