We live in a society in which conformity is not only encouraged but often rewarded. As my grandfather used to always say, “It’s the [penguin] who is different that gets left out in the cold.” Sure, many try to push the narrative that we ought to lead, and that being divergent is what makes one “special.” But while this may be true in a purely academic sense, socially, those who do not abide by unspoken norms are typically outcast as pariahs; they are considered the “undesirables.” As such, many teenagers change their personality by emulating others in attempt to gain acceptance into certain social cliques.
On the daily, most of us will encounter countless of strangers. Whether if we’re on the bus, the subway, going to work, or in a cafe, we get to see different individuals going about their day. Sometimes, we like to observe those strangers, but, there are times where we might observe them a little too much. We somehow become quickly fascinated, and that can lead us to stare at the person. Though, what can a stare do?
Elevator social experiment; a few people (actors - that were in on the experiment - knew what was happening and was playing a part in allowing the experiment to be conducted smoothly) entered an elevator, all facing the back (instead of what is ‘normal’; facing the door/front) a stranger/subject enters the lift of people facing away from the elevator door it was observed if the subject ‘conformed’ to their environment; whether if they slowly turned to ‘fit’ or ‘blend’ into their surroundings the actors swapped in and out of the elevator, the ones entering also facing the back of the elevator to allow the surrounding to seem more ‘normal’ a large majority of the ‘test subjects’ that entered the elevator had originally stood facing the door,
We all know what it feels like walking through campus with the feeling of being stalked by people silently watching, judging and analyzing. People judge based on the clothes one wears, the shoes he or she wears and even the way one walks and talks. Humans have a natural instinct to place others in a group based on superficial characteristics without knowing them. The film scene from the movie Babe in which I have chosen to analyze suggests that stereotypes or predetermined notions about other individuals without getting to know them are second nature to humans. However, the scene also suggests that if people took the time to get to one another, then humans would realize that people are more than what humans perceive them as at first glimpse.
According to Play Therapy (2008), play is “a physical or mental leisure activity that is undertaken purely for enjoyment or amusement and has no other objective”. Play helps children to make links to their learning. There are five different types of play: 1. Creative 2. Games with rules 3.
In Chapter Seven: Lessons From My Year as a Freshman, Rebekah Nathan summarizes and answers questions on the knowledge she gained from becoming a freshman. The author begins the chapter with a cross-cultural conversation between professors and students. She discusses how professors are not aware of the students living conditions or the effort that goes into achieving a high GPA. Likewise, the students do not understand professor rank and advancement.
There are unspoken rules when it comes to society and how we are “supposed” to function in certain settings or situations. High school, of course, is no exception, being a somewhat obligated rite of passage in our society as an aid to our educational development. Freshmen year you are pushed to discover what these unwritten rules and normals are, either through trial and error or by getting clued in before time. I experienced a little bit of both over my four years of high school, coming out of it with a better understanding of my high school’s culture.
Reflective Practice in the Early Years Tools for Practitioners 1. Introduction “We do not learn from experience... we learn from reflecting on experience.” -John Dewey- You have probably heard the term “reflective practice”, but do you really know what this means?
A few summers ago some of my cousins, aunts, and uncles went on a road trip. We traveled to California, Nevada, Arizona, and Colorado in the span a month. While all these states are in the same country, they all have different social norms. When we went to most places people new almost right away we were from the south. One lady told us she knew we were from the south, because of the jewelry we were wearing.
Everywhere in the world, there are a number of rules that people unknowingly abide without noticing them whatsoever. These set of rules are what makes a society function properly in a social level. Examples of these are shown largely in the psychological field, noticing the reactions of people as they are confronted with a socially awkward situation is known as breaching the social norm. Not only are these rules shown in communities that have a small population but they also range to groups/communities in all sizes. These set of rules are commonly identified as social norms.
Introduction: Social norms are the base templates which guide our behavior everyday. Social norms entail an expected behavior based off of those norms, and that we will conform to those expectations on a regular basis. These norms rise from our evolution of social dynamics. As the people in a society consistently interact with each other and other components of society, people begin to form a certain set of expectations on how the interactions and situations should proceed. As a large portion of society begins to conform to this standard, the certain behaviors that one would have in a particular situation will start to be considered as normative behaviors.
Lastly, I did my own observation while at Temple University. I went to the center of campus, a place called Polett Walk and I went at the busiest time, lunch time. This is when everybody is walking around between classes. I found a place to sit and I observed for about an hour.