If the groups average entropy is higher than yours and you let them influence you, they will pull you down.
one pattern I think I detect is the attachment of High(er) Entropy Entities (HEEs) to Low(er) Entropy Entities (LEE) on a parasitic basis.
I think the LEE is motivated by pity and guilt, and the HEE is motivated by the extra resources they can exploit from the LEE.
If the LEE is not in a state of what I call spiritual Hijra (Hijra, as an Arabic word meaning migration or flight), the LEE experiences an entropic waste of resources through the association.
Reminds me of the Antony Robbins teaching...where he says, look around and calculate the average income of your best 5 friends/associates. That is what your income will be in 5 years. Translate that to consciousness...
That being said, I suspect giving attention to a HEE that IS in a state of Hijra, is like one of those super bonus points in a video game
It may be useful to pay attention to your personal associates LEE/HEE * 100% ratio and try to stay above 50 as a rule of thumb
perhaps a further refinement would be to start above 90 if you are in the beginning stages, and move lower over time if you have surplus emotional energy.
there may be an asymptotic threshold that even a LEE should not fall below.
as disclosure and for context...I am only a third through book 2