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. It is imperative that we think 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 do know from living in several distinctly different cultures around the world is this. Each one has its own unique group think and a general need in people to fit in. Also, some cultures are less xenophobic than others and welcome outsiders 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 your culture and observe as objectively as possible. What makes it tick? What cultural factors do you agree or disagree with? Then observe yourself and the ways in which you adapt (or don’t) to group think and behavior. If you do observe yourself conforming, ask yourself, “What are my reasons for doing that? Survival? Peer pressure?” Etc.
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.
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