I was really interested to learn how they believed basketball allowed them to express their individuality. One of them dreamed out loud of being able to dunk and how this was their ultimate dream of freedom. Aside from the question of how many different ways there are to dunk, it got me thinking about Chinese culture and how it has contributed to their success over the past 8 years or so. It is no secret that the Chinese culture, and specifically the government, stresses conformity.
June 13, Lee Grayson Lee Grayson has worked as a freelance writer since Dressing alike helps establish a sense of belonging for teens. Tweens, typically students in middle school, feel pressure to conform during the middle-adolescent years.
Teens unable to develop a sense of autonomy to deal with peer pressures in middle school often continue with the struggle to create self-esteem and confidence in high school. Adults can help teenagers deal with the challenges by talking with teens and discussing the alternatives to conforming.
Video of the Day Belonging Noted psychologist Abraham Maslow suggests a hierarchy of human needs, and one of the needs on the hierarchy is the urge to belong and be accepted by friends, family and peers. Teens want to belong to a family, but most teenagers also want to establish trust relationships with peers.
Teens join gangs and cliques and select friends in an effort to feel a sense of belonging. One way teens achieve this sense is to dress and act like friends or members of the clique or gang. Conformity for some teens helps satisfy the belonging need.
Conformity Well-adjusted teens learn to be comfortable with personal choices. Isolation Teens sometimes deal with the stress of conformity by withdrawing from others, including eating in the library during lunch or refusing to attend school social events.
Teens unable to deal with the stress from isolation sometimes develop severe anti-social behaviors, such as attempted suicide, eating disorders and violence.
Teens viewed as outside the accepted gender roles, for example, have greater risk for abuse by others, according to a study done by Andrea Roberts of Harvard School of Public Health.
This study also finds the abuse contributes to post-traumatic stress disorder in the non-conforming teens. Accepting Diversity Parents and family members help teens deal with the pressures of conformity by working with the teenager to develop coping skills.
Teaching teenagers to accept diversity and develop empathy for others at home discourages teen involvement in negative activities against other teens failing to follow social and cultural norms. Discussing peer pressure and human differences allows teens to explore the variety of diversity in life.
Teens feeling comfortable with personal decisions must develop empathy and compassion for teens still struggling with personal development. Professional groups and agencies, including the Southern Poverty Law Center, the Bully Project and the American Humane Association offer programs and activities to help teens deal with peers and the pressure to conform during the tween and teen years.Conformity is the evil twin of community.
Both are attempts to bridge the chasm of existential isolation, attempts to mitigate the deep sense of loneliness that is our birthright as thinking, feeling beings poignantly aware of ourselves as separate individuals, individuals whose thoughts and feelings can only ever be partially communicated, .
Comment: Non-conformity leads to isolation The fear of being alone is a constant anxiety of us throughout our whole life. The majority of society attempts to follow rules and tries to act in an accepted and polite manner in order to be accepted in society and consequently to be able to /5(20).
The spiral of silence theory is a political science and mass communication theory proposed by the German political scientist Elisabeth Noelle-Neumann, which stipulates that individuals have a fear of isolation, which results from the idea that a social group or the society in general might isolate, neglect, or exclude members due to the members.
Fromm held that our culture's current feelings of anxiety, isolation, and powerlessness stem from the rise of capitalism. According to Fromm, submission, power, and love are the three basic modes of.
Conformity provides order and stability in a society as well as a sense of equality, a sense of belonging and identity and the freedom to achieve their full potential. These positive aspects of conformity are explored through the visual text, Dead Poets Society. The drive for a sense of identity is expressed nonproductively as conformity to a group and productively as individuality.
Without a sense of identity, people cannot maintain their sanity, and this threat motivates people to do anything in their power to attain this sense of identity.