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How a Trans Best Friend Changed My Outlook on Life

Connor R. McLaren | Posted 06.23.2015 | College
Connor R. McLaren

We have all done things in life that we regret and are not proud of. I am no exception. Sometimes you get a do over--and sometimes you don't.

Does the Ivy League Breed Excellent Sheep?

Jason Choi | Posted 06.09.2015 | College
Jason Choi

Ambitious Millennials love to dream. The dreams may be ambitious, they may be big and they may even be lucrative, but there is no saying that they cannot be all at once - in other words, be quite excellent.

Conformity Rules Everything Around Me (C.R.E.A.M)

Caslee Sims | Posted 05.20.2015 | College
Caslee Sims

Whatever you decide to do, consider if your reasons justify your actions. Before unconsciously adopting everyone else's principles, ask yourself is it really worth it to be unoriginal or is this against your personal code of morality.

Why Being 'Respectable' Is Overrated

Joe Seldner | Posted 06.23.2015 | Fifty
Joe Seldner

Respectability takes many forms. When you grow up a certain way, it's expected that you'll travel a certain path: serve on boards, go to cocktail parties, attend important conferences, maybe even give a TED talk if you really have made it (after all, what could possibly be more important?) I grew up on that path, but deviated from it, first because of circumstances, then by choice.

Stirring the Pot of Skateboarding Mainstream Culture

Tajci Cameron | Posted 05.12.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Tajci Cameron

On a gorgeous and unusually warm January day, I arrive at the Jim Warren skatepark in Franklin, TN to shoot an episode with Lew Ross, a social activis...

The Perils of Adolescence

Wray Herbert | Posted 04.29.2015 | Science
Wray Herbert

For decades the common wisdom of parenting manuals was that teenagers feel invulnerable, immortal, and simply perceive less peril in dicey situations and believe they have much more control than they actually do. In short, they underestimate life's very real risks and dangers. But scientists who study adolescent decision making now dispute this common parenting wisdom.

Peer Pressure Affects Your Decisions And Purchases More Than You Think

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 12.13.2014 | Healthy Living

We often think that we have far more control over our actions than we really do. According to a new study, peer pressure has the power to weaken o...

Dancing to Our Own Beat

Ayelet Baron | Posted 01.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Ayelet Baron

The world we live in today is open. Yet most people still have the same conversations with the same people and wonder why nothing changes. It is those who don't want to be like everyone else who are often misunderstood by a society where conformity is the norm.

Fellow Law Students, Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night

Michael Shammas | Posted 11.17.2014 | College
Michael Shammas

Resist the tide. Leave law school not as an attorney, but rather as a human being who happens to be an attorney.

The Surprising Thing I Found When I Compared Liberal And Conservative Attitudes About Obedience to Authority

Jeremy Frimer | Posted 10.21.2014 | Politics
Jeremy Frimer

I set out to test whether liberals favor obedience to authority just like conservatives do.

Whose Terms Are Those, Anyway?

Devishobha Ramanan | Posted 06.22.2014 | Parents
Devishobha Ramanan

Some of us meet the world's expectations only to realize that it failed to give us the fulfillment we sought within ourselves; some of us burnout mid-way trying to fulfill them; some of us realize that there has to be another way to find what we truly seek.

The Hidden Cost of Fitting In

Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW | Posted 05.20.2014 | Healthy Living
Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW

Many of us spend our lives twisting ourselves into shapes and postures that are unnatural and uncomfortable in hopes of gaining acceptance from others whose approval we desire. We may contort ourselves into shapes that are entirely unnatural for us.

I Was Tired Of Pressure To Get Married, So I Started A Mannequin Family

Suzanne Heintz | Posted 05.05.2014 | Women
Suzanne Heintz

It was getting late. Seriously late for a woman my age not to have a ring on her finger. People said, "You're such a nice girl, why aren't you married?" But then, I found a way. I bought a beautiful family... of mannequins.

Coming Out for Marriage Equality in Japan

John Lewis | Posted 02.10.2014 | Gay Voices
John Lewis

Coming out appears to be particularly difficult for many Japanese LGBT people because of the importance of social conformity in Japan. Many college students told us that they had known perhaps only one openly LGBT person in their entire lives.

7 Sneaky Influence Tactics You Never Saw Coming

Adam Grant | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Adam Grant

What if we didn't let them get away with it? Next time someone uses one of these techniques on you, I hope you'll be more likely to recognize it, and resist.

Reunions, Privilege, and Growing Up on the Wrong Side of the River

Derek Penwell | Posted 11.17.2013 | Religion
Derek Penwell

Although we'd be reluctant to say it out loud, people of privilege tend to believe that we are what the rest of the world would want to be if they knew what was good for them.

6 Reasons Why I Hate the Term 'Personal Brand'

Jill Knapp | Posted 09.12.2013 | Business
Jill Knapp

It seemed impossible to constantly live your life on brand. The sheer pressure and conformity of it all reminds me way too much of trying to be popular in high school.

We're Not All the Same: Embracing Individuality

Troy Roness | Posted 10.01.2013 | Gay Voices
Troy Roness

It's unfortunate that gay men with an unhealthy body image can ultimately hurt our shared commitment to individuality and the wider perception of our community. We have failed to challenge the many reasons that we suffer with an unhealthy preoccupation with the physical.

Living by Clicks

Rabbi David Wolpe | Posted 08.20.2013 | Technology
Rabbi David Wolpe

I shudder to think what would become of preaching if there was an instant approval or disapproval button in the hand of everyone in the congregation. Yet that is what we give to the world when we tweet.

What If Your Socks Didn't Match?

Matt Murrie | Posted 06.25.2013 | Impact
Matt Murrie

Ripples are interesting. They only get bigger -- until they reach their limits. Most mornings, socks are the first pebble I drop into the ocean of my day.

When We Stand Out From the Crowd

Christine Eilvig | Posted 02.04.2013 | Healthy Living
Christine Eilvig

I now understand that we mirror each other back and forth. All issues others may have with me or my opinions are about them. I'm mirroring something unbalanced in them, and the brighter my light shines the stronger I will mirror them back. How it all feels in me? That's my stuff to handle.

Hey, CNN: I'll Analyze My Own Debate Perceptions, Thank You

Sam Sommers | Posted 12.03.2012 | TV
Sam Sommers

Sure, debate spin has always been ridiculous, but now we don't even have to wait until the debate's over to have other people tell us what to think. If having ratings on the screen during the debate sounds like a psychological experiment on conformity, that's because it basically is.

How I Got Over My Crippling Fear Of Marriage

Carlos Andrés Gómez | Posted 12.02.2012 | Weddings
Carlos Andrés Gómez

"You're pushing it, boy. I'm givin' you two months... tops. You need to get it together," and everyone laughed on cue.

Does Conformity Imply Risk Aversion?

Michael R. Powers | Posted 08.21.2012 | Home
Michael R. Powers

It seems fairly evident that risk aversion implies conformity because a society whose members are risk averse would tend to be characterized by a narrow band of actions resulting in predictable outcomes; but is the converse also true?

When Good People Behave Badly

Sam Sommers | Posted 08.11.2012 | Science
Sam Sommers

The psychology of fraud shares a lot in common with the psychology underlying another of society's most pressing ills... the combover.