Psychology of Rudeness

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Psychology of Rudeness You walk around screaming into that Bluetooth headset like you’re the only person for miles. Driving to work like a maniac displaying gestures of questionable gratitude to every other car on the road actually makes you feel better. Your kids think the world is their toilet bowl, with loud profanity and disrespect spewing out of their mouths like it’s their job. There is a serious lack of respect and courtesy in this country, and this is developing into a serious problem. Many blame this growing epidemic on increasing social isolation. In “Bowling Alone,” by Robert D. Putnam, Putnam argues that television, automobiles, suburbanization and other forces have led to the decline of community organizations that once held Americans together. One woman attributed the increasing rudeness in America to Elvis Presley and his hip shaking dance moves on TV. Others say it is our natural tendency to be rude, and politeness and tolerance is something that must be practiced. Just look at the way blacks were treated in America only half a century ago. However, we are not here today to discuss a brief history of rudeness, but rather to take a look at the more psychological aspects of rudeness as well as the psyche of the human mind to find out once and for all, what makes us rude? Rudeness is defined as “the (apparent) disrespect and failure to behave within the context of a society or a group of people's social laws or etiquette. These laws have already unspokenly been established as the essential boundaries of normally accepted behavior.” (Wikipedia) “Apparent” has been cleverly put into parenthesis to accentuate the face that what one may consider rude may not be interpreted as rude from person to person. Even the definition of rudeness is rude, as it leaves a clause open to completely disregard something that an individual may deem as rude. But why has
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