Society and the Psychology of individuality series: Part First

Everyone is interested in opposing society these days. But what is society? No one is 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 shaping our standards, businesses, and lastly, the community.

Psychology says that individuality is our birthright. It is not a synonym for individualism or collectivism. The individual’s perception is that he is responsible for his society, not the other way around.

An essential part of an equation is that it is an individual who influences society, not the society which affects the individual. The individual is a living organism, and society is the collection of individual norms and regulations.

The better results lie in the formation of an association between individual and society.

According to Abraham Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, the connection among individuals provided by society is vital for individual growth and fulfilling the lack of love and belongingness.

The essential 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 antisocial. Their motives are against the welfare of society.

If we regard society as a ship and individuals as passengers of the boat, antisocial people dig the bottom of a vessel to make holes to drown the boat with its passengers.

The rules and regulations monitor and limit such people’s activities to harm others and their properties. Prisons and crime punishment are there to restrict them from harming others.

The fair and justice system is to oversee society’s overall conditions concerning its individuals.

The societies that prove themselves better than others are those societies that place first individual rights than any other rights. In such communities, democracy and free will arise to its zenith.

The societies which fail to do so settle 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 those societies where freedom of speech or any other freedom is taboo and not to survive.

The individualistic approach towards society is based on Western culture’s social psychology, while the collectivistic method is more prevalent in the remaining continents.

The difference among cultures and the mindsets involved in the social formation and commitment to remain the same is known as the psychology of individuality.

There are various variations in both approaches; however, the psychology underlying is the same, and the individual’s place is a central idea in both.

The individualistic approach states that the individual is more important than society and society if it needs to suffer due to the individual. The collectivistic system says that society is vital than the individual.

Individuals will make sacrifice for the collection of individuals the society.

To be continued.

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