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Individuality vs. Conformity
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Conformity is the act of matching attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors to group norms or politics. People often choose to conform to society rather than to pursue personal desires because it is often easier to follow the path others have made already, rather than creating a new one. Conformity can occur in the presence of others, or when an individual is alone. For example, people tend to follow social norms when eating or watching television, even when alone. People often conform from a desire for security within a group—typically a group of a similar age, culture, religion, or educational status. This is often referred to as groupthink : a pattern of thought characterized by self-deception, forced manufacture of consent, and conformity to group values and ethics, which ignores realistic appraisal of other courses of action.
As for religion, it shall decline; as for marriage, it shall be postponed; as for ideologies, they shall be rejected; as for patriotism, it shall be abandoned; as for strangers, they shall be distrusted. Only pot, selfies and Facebook will abide — and the greatest of these will probably be Facebook. Full disclosure: I am not quite one of them, having entered the world in the penultimate year of Generation X. Their left-wing commitments are ardent on a few issues but blur into libertarianism and indifferentism on others. The common denominator is individualism, not left-wing politics: it explains both the personal optimism and the social mistrust, the passion about causes like gay marriage and the declining interest in collective-action crusades like environmentalism, even the fact that religious affiliation has declined but personal belief is still widespread.
Although standing out can be intimidating, trying to fit in can inhibit one's self expression. An overload of 'new' can impact a student when they're first adjusting to college life. A new school, new bedroom and new people at every corner can be overwhelming for students since everything they once knew is now different. However, having a sense of self can make the college transition process less difficult, and conforming can inhibit a student's individuality in college. It may seem that conforming to on-brand or the trendy aspects of college reflect a personality or identity that is shared, when in reality, it's better for students to identify themselves rather than have someone else define them.
While it is natural to want to conform to a group, there are people who are compared people's brains when they were alone versus in a group.
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I began to notice the creativity of the manager of the Pret a Manger coffee shop, close to where I live, after he showed extraordinary kindness to a woman with Down's syndrome in her 20s. Well, maybe it wasn't that remarkable, but it was certainly natural and spontaneous and beautifully done. Having been asked by her carer, the woman cleared their tray and tipped the rubbish into the bin. Then she spotted a chocolate energy bar and gave a pleading look to her carer, who shook her head gravely — probably the right decision because she was a little overweight. Next on her wish list was some attention from the manager, who stepped from behind the counter and gave her a big, affectionate hug. It was moving and she was evidently delighted, so I took a comment card from the holder on the wall and wrote a note to the CEO of Pret telling him he had a gem on his staff.