Creativity, the drive to invent something new and unique, is rooted in nonconformity. Where there is conflict, disparity or lack, answers are not usually found in the norm, or some mildly morphed version of it. Rather, solutions for big problems require creative thinking and big new ideas. Thought outside of the box.
The types of conformity and why we do it
This easy-to-read article What is Conformity? is a peek into the types of conformity, and why we do it. I didn’t realize there are types until now. However, what I already did know from living in several distinctly different cultures is this. Each one has its own unique group think, and a general need in the people within it to fit in. Also some cultures are less xenophobic than others, and will welcome an outsider more readily. Groups tend to view outsiders as a threat to the agreed upon group rules.
Stand outside of your culture and just observe
Being the outsider of a group provides a great opportunity to assess it. So, here’s a challenge for you. Pretend for a day or two that you are not part of the culture you live in, and observe as objectively as possible. What makes it tick? What cultural factors do you agree or disagree with? And then observe yourself, and the ways in which you adapt (or don’t) to group think and behavior.
Of course for a society to work, there needs to be a certain amount of cooperation and agreement within the group. However, let’s be careful not to lose our individuality, critical thinking skills, and creativity within it. These are valuable assets towards creating a truly evolved society.
Conformity Box © Susan L Hart 2019