Society and the Psychology of individuality series: Part one
Everyone is interested in opposing society these days. But, what is society actually? No one is actually speaking the truth that an individual is a structural and functional unit of society.
It is easy to talk ill about society, its norms, and customs but we forget that we are those individuals who are actually shaping our norms, customs and lastly the society.
Psychology says that individuality is our birthright. It is not a synonym of individualism or collectivism. It is basically the perception of an individual that he is responsible for his society, not the other way around.
An important part of an equation is that it is an individual who influences society, not the society which influences the individual. The individual is a living organism and society is the collection of individual norms and regulation.
The better results lie in the formation of an association between individual and society.
The connection among individuals which is provided by society is important for individual growth and fulfilling the need of love and belongingness according to Abraham Maslow’s hierarchy of needs.
The basic information is the basis of human interaction. We see people who are against others and harming others and their properties, in psychology we call such people as antisocial. Their motives are against the welfare of society.
If we regard society is a ship and individuals as passengers of the ship than, people who are antisocial are those people who are digging bottom of a ship to make holes in it to drown the ship with its passengers.
The rules and regulations are there to monitor and limit activities of such people to harm others and their properties. Prisons and crime punishment are there to restrict them from harming others.
The fair and justice system is then devised to oversee the overall conditions of society with respect to its individuals.
The societies which prove themselves better than other ones are those societies which place first individual rights than any other rights. In such societies democracy and free will arises to its zenith.
The societies which fail to do so settles down to dictatorships and anarchy, monarchy and mass enslavement.
Free people are free to choose and slaves are not allowed to choose. The right of choice never makes its place in options in those societies where freedom of speech or any other freedom a taboo and not to survive.
The individualistic approach towards society is the basis of the social psychology of western culture while the collectivistic approach is more popular in remaining continents.
The difference among cultures and the mindsets involved in the social formation and commitment to remain the same is sometimes, regarded as the psychology of individuality.
There are various variations in both approaches however, the psychology underlying is the same, and the place of the individual is a central idea in both.
Individualistic approach states that individual is more important than society and society if needs to suffer due to individual. Collectivistic approach states that society is important than the individual.
Individuals should be sacrificed for the collection of individuals the society.
To be continued…