Essay On Positive Deviance

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Although the term deviance usually carried a negative characteristic in first impression trough out history, afterward the term positive deviance was also introduced and analyzed. To begin with according to (“positive deviance.org”2015), “Positive Deviance is established on the inspection that in every community there are certain individuals or groups whose uncommon behaviors and strategies enable them to find better solutions to problems than their colleagues, while having access to the same resources and facing similar or even worse challenges”. “Positive deviance somehow exceeds social expectations. Moreover positive deviance can also be defined as individual or acts of individuals in a society that are superior because they super pass…show more content…
There are many different forms of positive deviance, which include courage and heroism, intelligence or innovate, as well as charisma.
For example, the Carnegie medal is given to those who jeopardize their lives to save others. Christopher Pratt was recently awarded the Carnegie medal for risking his life to save a young child after a car accident. Going further than expected of a regular citizen, Pratt took part in actions of positive deviance as he saved a child from a burning car rather than waiting for assistance (“Carnegie Medal,” n.d.)
Furthermore, actions showing extreme intelligence or innovation are examples of positive deviance. Ideas and inventions help forward our understanding. For outstanding innovation, the Nobel Prize is awarded to individuals or organizations, which is a manner in which society appreciates acts of positive deviance. For instance, in 2012, the European Union was awarded the Nobel Prize for sustaining peace between nations (“Sociology of Deviance,” n.d.)
Another form of positive deviance is Charisma, which is “attribute of astonishing power and capacity” to “challenge the traditional order, for …good” (“Charisma,” n.d.). Mahatma Ghandi is an example of a leader with charisma. He is known for his non-violent protests and selflessness to promote peace in our
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