In psychology, affiliative values refer to the importance placed on relationships and connections with others, as well as the desire to maintain positive social bonds. Individuals who prioritize affiliative values tend to value social interaction, cooperation, and support from others.
Examples of affiliative values include:
- Valuing close relationships with family members, friends, and romantic partners
- Seeking out social activities and events to connect with others
- Prioritizing group harmony and collaboration in work or team settings
- Feeling a sense of fulfillment and happiness from helping others or volunteering
- Preferring to work in teams or groups rather than alone
- Feeling discomfort or distress when social relationships are strained or damaged
Affiliative values are important for social and emotional well-being, and can have positive impacts on mental health and resilience. However, an overemphasis on affiliative values can also lead to issues such as codependency, social anxiety, and difficulty asserting personal needs and boundaries.