Do you reject or accept conformity?

When I hear the word “conformity” issues of socialization and the construction of social norms immediately comes to mine. According to the Merriam-Webster free dictionary website, conformity can be defined as “correspondence in form, manner, or character : agreement” or “action in accordance with some specified standard or authority”. Conformity can be defined as a psychological acceptance of a social norm, standard, or expectation. It is extremely common to see people conforming to social norms in our society today. This is especially seen within various minority groups. Examples of this could be a black person conforming to social norms that are commonly linked to a white person. Another example would be between women and men, women must conform to the gender roles that have been assigned to them by the social structure of our communities which in turn cause many women to conform in order to fit in. Conformity, in my opinion, is a very negative action. It is important to create your own sense of self, your own personality, thoughts, and feelings. Our cultures and societies are so focused on sticking to tradition that it is often hard to conform against social norms but in my opinion it is very important to break yourself away from social expectations and create your own path. Conformity holds so many people back from their full potential because social standards tell them they can not do something when they very well could. I say lets work together to reject conformity and create our own ideas of who we are or who we should be. Accepting conformity may be the easy way out, but I believe the pride and achievements you gain from breaking away from the norm is worth the fight.


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