Individuality Vs Social Conformity

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Name: My Trinh Individuality and Social Conformity The purpose of this essay is about the theme relationship about individuality and social conformity and how it applies in today’s world with the reading selection by Doris Lessing and David Brooks. Throughout history, individuals have felt torn between adhering to established social norms and expectation and showing their individuality by rising up against conformity. The negative aspects of group think that is what Doris Lessing was referring to as dangerous –belong to a group but not understanding its rules and what are the reasons why some people rebel against groups and societies is what Brooks referred to as rebellion. There are number reasons why people conform. First, we may want to be a part of a group - a family, a community, accompany, a society. Second, we may want to operate under group norms and expectation. Third, we may wish to avoid being criticized, intimidated or ignored by others. Individuality and nonconformity, however, the opposite of conformity, allow people to be themselves, allow creativity and allow their humanity. When should individuals behave according to the groups’ expectation? For example, if everyone is talking /yelling at the same time, then no one can understand each other, so we often take turn to speak and talk, which is the expectation we have in a group. The major negative aspects of conformity are that we can find our thinking change, give up our individuality, may have to compromise group rules because we belong to a group and what is Lessing was referring to as dangerous – belong to a group, but not understanding its rule. However, why some people rebel against groups and societies is what Brooks referred to as rebellion. Youth culture emerged in the 20th century in particular that led people to rebel and reject some of the old values likes gender roles, democracy,
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