Why do collectivist cultures conform more?

Why do collectivist cultures conform more?

Collectivist societies prioritize the group's needs and aims over the wants and wishes of each individual. Relationships with other members of the community and interconnection between people play a major part in each person's identity in such societies. These factors mean that anyone who does not fit into the social order risks being left out or even expelled.

In collective cultures, conformity is essential if you want to succeed or avoid trouble. Since everyone is expected to think and act like everyone else, those who differ often find themselves excluded from what others consider important. Concerned only with pleasing the group, there is no room for individuality which, without contradiction, requires being similar to someone else.

Conformity is therefore vital for success in collective cultures because it is the only way to fit in and be accepted. Those who stand out will be singled out and rejected by their fellow group members unless they change something about themselves.

The need for conformity in collective cultures means that people take actions to match how they perceive others to be thinking and acting. If most people are conforming, that will be the case too. If enough people refuse to conform, that will also cause problems since nothing forces anyone to change their behavior.

In fact, the only time when not conforming has any benefit is if you are the only one doing so.

What is an example of a collectivist culture?

Collectivist cultures, such as those seen in China, Korea, and Japan, place family and work group aims ahead of individual wants or preferences. Cultures are highly ingrained with collectivism and individuality. In these types of cultures, it is common for people to go along with the majority opinion even if they disagree privately.

In contrast, individualistic cultures value independence from others and self-expression. People in these cultures tend not to agree with what others want or need, instead focusing on what they want and need themselves. Cultures are therefore marked by high levels of autonomy and low levels of conformity.

Cultural differences play a large role in how each country approaches education. In individualistic countries like America, students are encouraged to think for themselves and be independent from their families/groups. This allows them to try new things and make their own choices without worrying about what others think of them. In contrast, cultural groups tend to prefer a more collective approach to learning. They would rather have someone else decide what they should learn and how they should learn it because this way everyone stays safe and successful learning becomes easier.

For example, in America it's common for children to drink milk straight from the carton. This is considered bad practice because of bacteria that can grow inside milk bottles after they are cleaned.

What are collectivist societies?

Collectivist cultures prioritize a group's needs, interests, and objectives over an individual's needs and aspirations. These civilizations are less self-centered, with societal ideals centered on what is beneficial for the group and society. People within these cultures are expected to contribute according to their abilities and receive equal treatment from their community. Many traditional Native American societies were collectively owned by their members, who would trade, hunt, or fight together under a leader they elected. In modern times, collectivist cultures include many small groups that exist primarily to support one another. For example, a tribe will have exclusive ownership of its land, but individuals can join other tribes whose lands they can use.

Individualist cultures, on the other hand, are focused on personal liberty and equality before the law. They believe in the importance of each person contributing according to his or her ability and receiving compensation commensurate with that contribution. Within this culture, it is assumed that no one else has a stake in your success or failure, so you better do your best or else.

In practice, these are not clear-cut categories. Some societies combine aspects of both types of cultures, while others are completely collective or entirely individualistic. However, regardless of their mix of collectivism and individualism, most civilizations prefer one type to the other.

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Robert Espino

Robert Espino is a journalist who writes about the issues that people face in today's world. He aims to tell stories that are relevant to our time - ones that offer insights into the human condition and explore what it means to be alive now. He also serves as an editorial consultant for various publications.

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