An individualist is someone who advocates for the freedoms of the individual, versus a collectivist who thinks a group of people or government should have priority over any individual. Neither is necessarily right or wrong; it's just a matter of what is more important to you. In a collectivist culture, those who are part of it do things that benefit the entire group and not just themselves. But there can also be collectivist governments that tend to be a little more related to communism. The ideals are the same, but in a government setting, it's a bit more strict and serious.
People view individualists to be selfish and self-serving, but that's not necessarily the case. A person can practice individualism and still care about the well being of others. Maybe they think that they are helping the greater society by helping themselves. The more successful they are, the more they can contribute to society and create that sort of chain reaction. An individualist is free to live a life completely of their own will without having to think of anyone else, but it doesn't mean they don't. Knowing the difference between collectivism and individualism, which do you think you are? Take this quiz to find out!
When you wake up in the morning, what's the first thing you think of?
Are you the kind of person to do one thing at a time or juggle multiple things?
When you're in the middle of something and someone interrupts you, how do you react?
Should work and your personal life ever overlap?
Do you find yourself changing plans as often as you make them?
When you do change plans, do you feel guilty about it?
If there is a time you are supposed to be somewhere, do you make sure to show up at that time?
Do you respect others' privacy and personal space?
Are most of your relationships long term or short term?
Do you often sacrifice what you want to please the group?
How did you feel about group projects in school?
If in a group project people aren't pulling their weight, are you the one picking up the slack?
Is alone time really important to you?
Would you lie to protect someone from getting in trouble?
Is it easy for you to make friends?
Is it important to you to stand out in a crowd?
When someone upsets you or does something you don't like, do you confront them?
Would you do anything that disrupts an established dynamic?
How much do you think individual freedoms should be restricted?
Do you think that higher education should be free for everyone?
In current times, do you feel like the government has too much control over the people?
Are you capable of taking responsibility for your actions whether they are good or bad?
Who do you rely on to make sure you have everything you need?
Do you think it's fair for taxes to be higher for those who make a certain amount of money?
Are women's rights human rights?
Is it accurate to say that parents are 100% responsible for how their kids turn out?
How do the things you do everyday impact society as a whole?
How do you normally form your opinions?
Do you actually enjoy being around people on a regular basis?
When you go to make a decision, what do you think of before you do it?
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