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    Do You Regard Yourself As a Conformist?

    conformist

    [kuh n-fawr-mist]

    (noun)

    a person who conforms, especially unquestioningly, to the usual practices or standards of a group, society, etc.

    (adjective)
    of or characterized by conforming, especially in action or appearance.
    Conformity is the act of matching attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors to group norms. Norms are implicit, specific rules, shared by a group of individuals, that guide their interactions with others. This tendency to conform occurs in small groups and/or society as a whole, and may result from subtle unconscious influences, or direct and overt social pressure. Conformity can occur in the presence of others, or when an individual is alone. For example, people tend to follow social norms when eating or watching television, even when alone.

    People often conform from a desire for security within a group—typically a group of a similar age, culture, religion, or educational status. This is often referred to as groupthink: a pattern of thought characterized by self-deception, forced manufacture of consent, and conformity to group values and ethics, which ignores realistic appraisal of other courses of action.

    Unwillingness to conform carries the risk of social rejection. Conformity is often associated with adolescence and youth culture, but strongly affects humans of all ages.

    Although peer pressure may manifest negatively, conformity can have good or bad effects depending on the situation. Driving on the correct side of the road could be seen as beneficial conformity. With the right environmental influence, conforming, in early childhood years, allows one to learn and thus, adopt the appropriate behaviours necessary to interact and develop correctly within one's society. Conformity influences formation and maintenance of social norms, and helps societies function smoothly and predictably via the self-elimination of behaviors seen as contrary to unwritten rules. In this sense it can be perceived as a positive force that prevents acts that are perceptually disruptive or dangerous.

    As conformity is a group phenomenon, factors such as group size, unanimity, cohesion, status, prior commitment and public opinion help determine the level of conformity an individual displays.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conformity

    Do you generally regard yourself as someone who can fit in with the crowd, who respects most social rules, norms and conventions? Or are you rather regarded as a non-conformist, rebel or "black sheep"? If so, what makes you stand out from the rest of society? Could be clothing style, political or religious orientation? Do you think a certain degree of conformity is necessary for a well-functioning society or is it better for everyone to develop a rebel, idealistic style?

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    I'm loyal to my tribe.

    Doesn't mean I will go along with their agenda if I don't agree with it. I will, however, endure whatever consequences come from my loyalty, for better or worse.

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    I'm a law-abiding, and morally conscientious individual. But I don't have to meet with the personal approval of anyone else, or conform to comply with their personal opinions. And to hell with peer pressure. I chose to walk my own path through life.
    Aside from an ever increasing number of mortals who have willfully chosen to worship Satan and his minions, our battle has always been against the powers and principalities operating surreptitiously throughout this twisted world.

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    To be honest, even among people that are racially aware, I could get into some pretty nasty arguments about my views on the human race. No one - no one is above criticism. I'm on board with most of what people like us say, but there's that 10% that would get me into trouble. We have a long way to go is all I'll say

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    I don't stand out in an anti-social way, however I value personal freedom and independence and that could make me look as some sort of "non-conformist" in some people's eyes. That said, my lifestyle is pretty normal, I have a husband and children.

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    I'm an incurable contrarian. When almost everyone does a certain thing the same way or hold the same opinion on something, I become suspicious.

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