Remember those times in class when the teacher has asked a question and the answer in mind is surely correct, yet when you look around the majority have chosen an option completely opposite? What about the time your friends pressured you into stealing that shirt or CD or involving in mocking little Johnny because he was a ‘geek’? At the time there was no problems. As a part of the group you felt confident, secure and “like so cool”.
But when you found that your answer was actually the correct one or were caught with the items in your bag or punished for taunting Little Johnny, do you remember your cowardice reason for acting as you did? The vast majority of people will recall saying, “Everybody is doing it” – a sentence that is one of the worst four-word combinations in the English language.
Conformity involves the changing of one’s attitudes, opinions, or behaviours to match those of the ‘norms’. The “norms”, established by society, are what we should or ought to be thinking, feeling, or doing if we wish to be accepted into a group. This desire to be accepted and belong to a group is an undeniable human need.
When faced with a challenging or trivial task, there are two common ways of handling the situation. One is to do sol vas according to one’s own personal desires and belief with no specific regard to other people. The other is to base the decision on the how others will view and respond to it. The most of us would probably fa...
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- ... You quickly raise your hand too. You are now part of the majority. You are safe. Haven’t we all experienced the same feeling, at least at one point or another in our lives. Whenever we are unsure of ourselves, we look towards the majority decision of our peers, or someone whom we believe is more knowledgeable than we are. In this example, you had another answer, or another opinion of what the answer might be. However, seeing that most of the class had an answer or an opinion different from yours, you decided to cover up your own thoughts and just go with the majority.... [tags: speech, peer pressures, creativity]
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- America is the nation of immigrants. America was founded on the principals of freedom of speech, equality, and the pursuit of happiness and this principle of freedoms encouraged people to come to America. To be an American does not simply mean being born on American soil, it means that one believes and supports the beliefs of American principles. Scruton stated that, “to inherit a culture you must identify with it; and if you cannot identify with it, then you must find a new identity by rejecting it.” To be American is to live by its values, such as patriotism, individualism, conformity, success, and equality.... [tags: Immigrants, Freedom of Speech, Equality]
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