Wednesday, 1 July 2015
Conflict and Identity in Romans: The Social Setting of Paul's Letter,
Philip F. Esler, Fortress Press, 2003, page 26
Esler's next step is to describe self-categorisation theory. This includes
the recognition that where people define themselves in terms of a shared category membership, they tend to stereotype themselves in terms of such membership, and in so doing enhance the sense of identity shared with ingroup members, while heightening the sense of contrast between themselves and members of outgroups.
Group identity starts to becme more important than personal identity. Or, put another way, when individuals join and want to be considered a part of a group, perhaps because of exclusion from another group, they tend to lose their personal uniqueness and become like the other members of the new ingroup.
There is a depersonalisation of the self - a cognitive re-definition of the self - from unique attributes and individual differences to shared category memberships and associated stereotypes.