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What are some positives and negatives to conformity?

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Conforming allows us to get along in the world and save our energy for life's more important battles. For example, we could spend our lives insisting we want to drive on the wrong side of the road or go up the down escalator. We can do both those things, because we have free will, but we will earn ourselves a good deal of grief in the process, especially if we drive on the wrong side of the road. We might ask ourselves, what is the point of not conforming to these rules, made to keep everyone safe and in order?

Asking this question, however, leads us to the negative side of conformity. Sometimes there is reason to question the rules that keep society in "order." Conformity to what hurts another group of people, for example, is unethical, even if it is legal or socially acceptable.  People who stood up to slavery did so at some cost to themselves, but they helped end an unjust system. Germans have been criticized for not standing up more forcefully against the persecution of Jews in Nazi Germany. Sometimes non-conformity is essential to fight barbarism or cruelty. 

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The biggest positive of conformity is acceptance. When you conform, people will be more willing to accept you because you are falling in line with what they expect of you. The negatives are that you give up your individuality and may have to compromise your principles.
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It depends on what the person is conforming to. I do think conforming is positive in regards to setting social standards (such as eye contact, shaking hands, dressing "appropriately," respecting ones personal space etc). Thus, a person conforming to these social and cultural norms may be accepted and "fit in" in various social settings. I think we all conform to those particular things without putting much thought into it.

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The major positive to conformity would be the fact that people who conform generally do not run the risk of being ostracized by their peers.  People who act in "normal" ways tend to be pretty well accepted.

The major negative to conformity is that it can force a person to be someone who they are not.  An extreme case of this would be a gay person who is forced to stay in the closet by the need to conform.  A person who suppresses a really important part of their self in hopes of conforming can harm themselves psychologically.

So, conformity is really a tradeoff between being accepted by others on the one hand and losing part of your real identity on the other.

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Discuss the positive and negative aspects of conformity.

There are several advantages of conformity, or following the rules of a society. Conformists allow for the orderly flow of society, as rule breakers often interrupt the order of the society. Conformists also tend to get more work done, as they follow rules, and they enforce the laws of the society.

However, conformity can at times lead to unjust societies if the laws in the society are unfair or dictatorial. In addition, conformity does not allow people to develop new ideas that help the processes of the society, including legal, business, and educational processes, work more effectively. If society is unjust or unfair, non-conformists are vital in changing society to be more just by breaking the rules. In addition, a society filled with conformists can be too placid and dull, and non-conformists can add to the vitality and energy of a society. Non-conformists can develop new ways of looking at problems and at life, adding to the richness of people's experiences. 

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Discuss the positive and negative aspects of conformity.

There are positive and negative aspects of conformity. Conformity is when a person or group follows behaviors associated with standards that are considered normal or acceptable. An advantage of conformity is it easier to know what to expect from people in certain situations. If people follow a pattern of behavior that is usual and customary, it is easier to predict what will happen in a given situation. Strategies can be developed to deal with situations if people have a good idea knowing how a person or a group will respond in a given circumstance. This usually helps to maintain law and order or develop strategies to restore it if needed. People also know how they should act if most people follow an acceptable pattern of behavior or decision-making. It becomes easier to know what is acceptable and what isn’t acceptable.

A disadvantage of conformity is that people may feel they can’t be themselves. They might hesitate to dress differently than what is usually accepted. They might hesitate to share an opinion that the majority doesn’t share. New ideas may get stifled if conformity is the norm. It also may be easier to bully somebody for being different if most people think and act only in a certain way.

Conformity has its advantages and its disadvantages. It is up to us to determine how much conformity is to be expected and how much individuality is to be tolerated.

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