Individual_vs._Group[1] - Shivam Patel July 12, 2010 FD...

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Shivam Patel Patel 1 July 12, 2010 FD Group vs. Individual People in today’s society have learned to worry about themselves first and then others. However, this point of view has been a negative value in many events that have occurred concerning crimes and education. Many criminals do not feel empathy towards others and therefore have no regret in doing what they do. Jean Twenge, author of “An Army of One”, believes that people have been subjected to self-esteem boosts all their lives and they eventually take it upon themselves to tell themselves they are special even if they don’t accomplish anything. She also believes that the education system is failing children because instead of teaching and grading to the fullest educational extent, teachers are basing their classes off of their students’ feelings. Twenge states in her book, “In 2005, a British teacher proposed eliminating the word “fail” from education; instead of hearing that they have failed, students should hear that they have “deferred success.”( Twenge, 770 ). Another author, Malcolm Gladwell, author of “The Power of Context”, believes that this selfishness comes from learned behaviors influenced by the physical environment. However, The Citadel, as described in Susan Faludi’s book, “The Naked Citadel”, can be used to prove Gladwell’s theory incorrect since the atmosphere of The Citadel is manageable and clean. Twenge’s theory insinuates that the main quality of The Citadel that influences the relationship between the individual and group is narcissism, or the individual;
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Patel 1 whereas Gladwell’s “Power of Context” theory implies that the environment and the people in it, or the group, solely influences and is the main quality of The Citadel. The generalization that Twenge makes about the people in “Generation ME” is proven to be ‘accurate’ by Faludi’s essay and account of the Citadel. Jean Twenge, in her essay, supposes that people have been taught to only worry about themselves so that they are not able to make connections with other human beings. Consequently, they cannot feel empathy towards others.
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