Do you fit completely in either category, or are you sometimes a collectivist and sometimes an individualist? When and how have you noticed these concepts being displayed in yourself? Give specific examples.
A collectivist tends to define identity in terms of group goals and commitments and belonging to one’s group; conversely, an individualist culture tends to define identity in terms of self-esteem, personal goals and attributes, and personal rights and liberties (Myers, 130).
Collectivism gives more importance to the social group rather than the individual. A believer of collectivism allows the group’s goal to take precedence over and above his own personal agenda. Orthodox collectivism holds that man has no rights. The Collectivist ethical principle is this: man is not an end to himself, but is only a tool to serve the ends of others (http://ironicsurrealism. blogivists.com/2009/03/01/collectivism-vs-individualism/). Unlike individualism, collectivism stresses mutual interdependence and subjugation for the common good or the good of the majority.
Individualism on the other hand regards the self as the most important factor to consider in any given situation. Anything that is not self-serving takes a backseat. Usually practiced in Western cultures, individualism advocates follow the credo “To each his own”. Individualism is the…ideology…that stresses independence and self-reliance (http://www.absoluteastronomy .com/topics/Individualism)
Based on the two theories above, I would classify myself as a collectivist. I give more importance to my family, my peers, my school, my extended family, and my community. I look at the world not from the first person singular point of view but from the “We” point of view. I do not see myself as the focal point, but rather what I am when I am with my group.
Before I set out to do anything, I think of the possible impact it would have for my family, first and foremost. For instance, if I get good