Social Psychology

Social settings influence individual behavior in different ways. Members of a group are likely to display a given set of behavior which relates positively or negatively to the behavior of members of a different group or social setting. This paper explores the behavioral similarities and differences between members of a band and players of a football club.

Members of a football club and members of the band both display unity since they are collectively in pursuit of the common goal of perfecting the results of their respective groups. In this sense, they both display the need for complementation of responsibilities in the social environment as a way of improving the quality of the outcome of their respective actions (Webster). Where possible, they are willing to switch roles depending on ability and availability to ensure perfection.

Both football club members and band members display the quality of being communicative. Despite the individual traits of deservedness and the presence of introverts in social settings, both football clubs and bands require skills of communication. Members spend the time to know each other through personal connections, thereby building strong communication bonds between members. Additionally, uniformity in band performance can only be achieved through cooperation and effective flow of information about the execution of tasks. Similarly, members of a football club require to communicate during games constantly.

Another behavioral similarity between members of a football club and band members is their readiness to take responsibility. Both the settings present members with a role to perform without which the overall performance cannot be achieved as anticipated (Dovidio). Therefore, both football club members and band members are responsible enough to perform both self-initiative and delegated responsibilities. They are therefore more careful about their respective positions and roles in social settings.

Football club members display the characteristic of independence in decision making as opposed to band members who rely much on consultation before executing actions. Consequently, football club members are more reliable in social settings and can easily meet deadlines and work perfectly with minimal supervision of delegated tasks. This is based on the notion that in football games, individuals have minimal or no time to discuss their actions during the play. Therefore, they are fast in deciding on what actions to take as a requirement for the prompt actions in their various responsibilities in the game. However, band members mostly follow already stipulated procedures in executing their responsivities within the band. Similarly, there is little to no need of making changes to each piece during performances.

Members of a football club generally display more aggressive behavior as compared to members of a band. This results because football players are constantly involved in actively defending themselves against an opponent as opposed to band members whose primary goal is to ensure perfection of their output (Kourie). In this sense, members of a football club display actions which include actively fighting against space intrusion in real life. Band members are more concerned with finding solutions to problems through less aggressive mechanisms such as negotiation. In cases of crisis, band members tend to find means of striking a balance between parties rather than showing superiority over opponents as is the case with most football club members.

In conclusion, the behavioral similarities and differences between members of various groups are mostly generalizations since individual behavior depends on more other factors. Individual subscriptions, religion, backgrounds, and expectations are also responsible for the determination of behavior which may not be applicable in group settings.

Behavioral differences between band members and members of a football club

Individuals in a band Players in a football team
They are more dependent and rely on consultation. They are highly independent in decision making
They are less aggressive and use solution based approaches. They are more aggressive and tend to prove superiority in crisis situations.


Works Cited

Kourie, Matt. “Top 10 Traits of an Awesome Band Member.” Guitar World, 5 May 2016,

Webster, Vicky, and Martin Webster. “Do You Recognise These 10 Essential Team Behaviours?” Leadership Thoughts, 7 Feb. 2017,

Dovidio, John F., et al. The social psychology of prosocial behavior. Psychology Press, 2017.


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