Interpersonal & Group Behaviour

This presentation by Rajiv Bajaj talks about various factors that affect inter-personal relationships and behaviour, like Transactional Analysis, Johari Window & Life Positions. It also discusses what is the ideal behaviour to adopt in a group.

What is Behaviour ?

A word with many different definitions… there is probably no such thing as an absolute definition.

  • Manner of behaving or acting.
  • Psychology, Animal Behavior.
    • a. observable activity in a human or animal.
    • b. the aggregate of responses to internal and external stimuli.
  • Often, behaviours. a behaviour pattern.

At the core of this definition lie the ideas of stimulus and response. Stimuli – Sets of circumstances or individual events. Cause people to act or react (respond) to them.

Interpersonal Behaviour

The term interpersonal, simply stated, means “between persons”. Broadly speaking, it deals with the subject of our behaviour as individuals with other individuals.

Group Behaviour

Group Behaviour, on the other hand, refers to our an individual’s behaviour when he or she is part of a group. When a person is part of a group or a team, the objectives of the group on the whole take precedence over individual objectives, and accordingly, one is expected to mould his or her behaviour as per the group’s expectations.

Interpersonal Transactions

Every interaction between two human beings is a “Transaction”. When we meet someone we greet them or say something to them. Their response, in turn, will depend on what has been said to them and the manner in which it has been said.  The study of this interaction is called Transaction Analysis (TA). The theory of TA states that each individual moves between three different Ego States – The Parent Ego State, Adult Ego State & Child Ego State. Our behaviour with another person at any given time depends on which ego state we are in at the time of that “transaction”.

Similarly, Life Positions deal with how we view others vis-a-vis ourselves. There are four Life Positions:

  1. I’m OK, You’re OK
  2. I’m OK, You’re not OK
  3. I’m not OK, You’re OK.
  4. I’m not OK, You’re not OK.

These four positions define our attitudes towards others and the world in general, and hence influence our interpersonal & group behaviour.

Last but not the least is the concept of the Johari Window, which deals with the different aspects and facets of an individual’s personality.

This presentation makes an attempt to give you an overview of these important concepts.

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  1. Hi, tried to download the interpersonal and group behaviour pdf file…….it downloaded but did not open, saying file is corrupted. Please advice!!


  2. Hi. Apologies for the inconvenience. I will just mail the pdf to you shortly.

    Thanks & regards

  3. Hi Rajiv,

    Tried to download the ppt but unable to do the same. I will be greatful if you can mail it on my email id i.e. /

  4. @Kriti – Hi Kriti. I have mailed the pdf file to you. Regards.

  5. hi sir can you share this presentation? here’s my email address I am having problems downloading it.. thank you for your informative presentation…


  7. Hi sir., umm can i ask for a copy of this awesome presentation. i will be having a report in class and i would love to use this presentation. my email is THANKS!

  8. Hi. Please kindly email me the pdf file. Thank you so much!

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