gemeinschaftsgefuhl

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From German Gemeinschaftsgefühl, from Gemeinschaft ‎(community, neighborship) +‎ Gefühl ‎(feeling)

Noun[edit]

gemeinschaftsgefuhl ‎(plural gemeinschaftsfuhle or gemeinschaftsfuhlen)

  1. (literally) "community feeling" or "social interest," this term is used by Adlerian psychologists to describe the state of social connectedness and interest in the well-being of others that characterizes psychological health.
    • 1963, Ernest Adolf Spiegel, editor, Progress in Neurology and Psychiatry: Volume 18[1] (Psychiatry), Digitized edition, Grune & Stratton, published 2007, page 550:
      Lazarsfeld postulated that the "neurotic" is convinced that he cannot compete with others and this leads to fear and avoidance of gemeinschaftgefuhl[sic]