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Individualism

A New Default Self

Robert Fuller | Posted 01.28.2015 | Healthy Living
Robert Fuller

The first computers were free-standing machines. Later, we learned how to hook them up and the result was an enormous increase in computing power. A parallel shift in our notion of selfhood is called for. The current default self, subscribed to by most people most of the time, is a stand-alone model. The new default self, to be posited in this essay, is more like a computer network.

To What Extent Are We Teaching Our Kids to Share?

Joel Tauber | Posted 01.21.2015 | Parents
Joel Tauber

There's tremendous variation in different classrooms about the values that are being taught, and there's a long history of ambivalence in our country about whether values should even be taught in our schools.

6 Reasons You Can't Win (And 3 Reasons You Can Anyway)

Robert Fuller | Posted 01.16.2015 | Healthy Living
Robert Fuller

6 Reasons You Can't Win Why are you unhappy? Because 99.9 percent Of everything you think, And of everything you do, Is for yourself -- And there i...

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.

Traditional Virtues Trump Ethics Codes

Brad Reid | Posted 12.22.2014 | Business
Brad Reid

So, are virtues a matter of genetics or environmental influences? I have no answer to this question except to say that it is the wrong question in this conversation.

Individualized Just-in-Time Products and Services Should Be a Leadership Priority

Brad Reid | Posted 12.03.2014 | Business
Brad Reid

Increasingly our technology based economy is capable of allowing individuals to choose the precise features of a mass produced product. Individualism ...

Intimations of Independence

Michael Drew | Posted 11.16.2014 | Politics
Michael Drew

We are at a time when people wonder what it is they're attached to, and why that's important -- from the country-wide level to the personal one. Do you define yourself by your ethnicity, or by your citizenship? And what does that citizenship give you in terms of your personal identity?

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.

She Stands Alone

Marcia Liss | Posted 11.09.2014 | Comedy
Marcia Liss

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The Power of Diversity and the Coming Democratic Movement in Higher Education

Harry Boyte | Posted 09.29.2014 | College
Harry Boyte

There is evidence that students today, perhaps sensing the alternative narrative of cooperative excellence, are looking for something different than the elite-making system. Their aspirations could fire a movement for democratizing reform.

Higher Education and Rising Inequality

Harry Boyte | Posted 09.18.2014 | College
Harry Boyte

Higher education today embodies individualistic, hypercompetitive achievement norms which contribute to inequality in a number of ways. And it has enormous, if often unacknowledged, power shaping career plans of its students and helping to authorize "what counts" in the intellectual life of the nation.

The Top Eight Reasons I Made the Move: Princeton, One Man's Paradise

Steve Mariotti | Posted 08.09.2014 | Education
Steve Mariotti

Princeton has already become a wonderful home for me, and has helped me grow intellectually and in other ways, as well. May you also find the wealth that I have discovered here.

The Power of You: One Size Really Doesn't Fit All

Ayelet Baron | Posted 07.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Ayelet Baron

Please celebrate yourself and what you bring to the world. The label may read "one size fits all" but in reality, you are powerful in whatever size and shape you come in. Throw away the label and the expectations and do the hard work for your own peace of mind.

The Impulse to Travel

Andrew Lam | Posted 05.06.2014 | Travel
Andrew Lam

I do not know where the impulse to travel comes from but I have always had it bad, ever since I was four or five. A Vietnamese child living in the Me...

Genes and Values: The Dopamine Connection

Wray Herbert | Posted 04.02.2014 | Science
Wray Herbert

All cultural generalizations are wrong when it comes to individuals. We all know Europeans and Americans who are self-effacing and communitarian in their world view, and Asians who are fiercely independent. So why do some individuals conform to cultural norms and others not?

An Open Letter to My Daughter, Who Will (Someday) Ask For Her First 'Real' Tattoo

Karri-Leigh P. Mastrangelo | Posted 03.25.2014 | Parents
Karri-Leigh P. Mastrangelo

I cannot imagine how many times you have wanted to do something long before your father and I were ready to let you do it, nor can I imagine the young woman you would be if I could.

LOOK: 9 Reminders To Own Your Individuality

Posted 11.26.2013 | Healthy Living

The stress and strain of constantly being connected can sometimes take your life -- and your well-being -- off course. GPS For The Soul can help you f...

Is Individualism Good or Bad?

Richard Koch | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Richard Koch

As the American government partially shuts down, it is easy to blame excessive individualism for the impasse. Is individualism the root of our problems, or the answer to 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.

Cross-Cultural Parenting in Japan: Differences in Affection

Sherilyn Siy | Posted 10.22.2013 | Parents
Sherilyn Siy

In all the times I have gone to parks, play groups, and children's play centers here in Japan, I have yet to see a Japanese parent kiss and hug their kids. If you understood Japanese, you would probably never hear a Japanese parent say "I love you."

Living Your Spaces

Cameron Conaway | Posted 06.23.2013 | TED Weekends
Cameron Conaway

When Candy Chang talked about sharing "the same public spaces" and of gaining "a better understanding of our landscape" something in her voice seemed to be asking: How do you live your space? How will you live your space differently after my speech?

Why Everything You Know About Yourself Is Wrong

Robert Fuller | Posted 08.21.2013 | Healthy Living
Robert Fuller

While we all casually refer to our self, no one knows quite what that self is. Nothing is so close at hand yet hard to grasp as selfhood.

Post Tiananmen: China's Body Image Shifts From Cultural to Sexual Revolution

Andrew Lam | Posted 08.03.2013 | Books
Andrew Lam

There came a startling moment when everything shifted. A man carrying two plastic bags, one in each hand, stood directly in the path of a column of armored tanks, effectively preventing them from proceeding down the avenue toward Tiananmen Square in Beijing.

Wake-Up Calls for Societies of the 21st Century

Arzu Kaya Uranli | Posted 07.13.2013 | Impact
Arzu Kaya Uranli

We have to be more sensitive to such wake-up calls, before our communities turn into a complete "collection of strangers."

Individualism vs. Social Science

Amitai Etzioni | Posted 06.05.2013 | Politics
Amitai Etzioni

NPR's social science maven reported that President Obama may have undermined the success of gun control legislation when he stated that "We are responsible for each other." Americans, Shankar Vendantam stated, care about individual rights and liberty, not the common good.