July 22, 2017
Understanding what people think on what they feel and behave is important and essential since everything originates from thinking and people are affected and influenced by on how and what they think. Behavior is reflection and result of what people think since people behave in way they think and thinking shape people’s emotions, feelings and behavior as well.
Behavior is mostly affected by thinking and feeling in which people behave based on what they think. People reality is shaped upon won what they think than any other thing since feelings and behaviors are mostly dictated by thinking. If one does not think, one does not exist, but what could vary is the magnitude of thinking and the type of things people think which is dependent upon people’s personal exposures and experiences in life.
Someone thinks that everyone is better at school than me. Hence, someone feels frustrated and hopeless, since it is the original thinking that affects one’s behavior than any other matter due to the fact thinking shapes one’s behavior and the way one feels in here as well. If one thinks that one is brave, same is reflected in one’s feeling and behavior as well.
Accordingly, norm is created as more people are into common thinking and behavior in which such norm dictates most people in that given social dynamics. Norm becomes governing factor in terms of what people think and behave since most people do practice. Norms are thinking and behaviors that are adopted thru process of time and most people do practice due to their conformity to common practice. Conformity does not mean that such practice is absolute and perfect since conformity does not guarantee the truth.
Hence, people deviate from the norm for many reasons. The first one is does to the fact that they have psychological or mental problem; the second one is they want to express their own thinking and feeling in their own fashion; the third one is they want to reflect certain human stations in life such as the monasticism in which people deviate from the norm in order to achieve something and be someone in life.
People deviate for both good and bad reason and motives since they have something in common in which such common thing, be it good or bad, that make such people to dwell and reside in similar realm, deviation. In both cases, people show different thinking and behavior than what the norm states due to the fact that such behavior is originated due to internal and external factors which individuals face.
The internal factor is due to individuals’ health condition and status; the external factor is due to ideological factor in which such individuals are shaped and dictated. In the first factor, people change in thinking and behavior as result of their given health failure in which such people need more care and protection than any other thing; in the second factor, such individuals are dictated by the ideology which they practice and promote.
There is a different and third factor, which is far from both factors, in which there are individuals who arise to change their respective society in their own way and they have their own personal own convictions and determinations to change the society which they belong into new and different settings. In this case, people deviate not to follow others ideology and thinking, but promote their own ideology and thinking as matter of their own faith and conviction they have toward something.
Deviance is an absence of conformity to these norms. Social norms differ from culture to culture. For example, a deviant act can be committed in one society that breaks a social norm there, but may be normal for another society. Deviance, in cases, is a reality that exists between the truth and norm in which people also deviate since they have something new and different to deliver.
For instance, keep your shirt on! may be a frequently heard idiom in the U.S. But if one is traveling in South Korea, it is a smart piece of advice for men. Yes, even at the beach. In Japan and South Korea, tipping workers is an insult whereas in many other countries such similar act is considered as incentive.
In countries like Ethiopia, Rwanda, Japan, and many others, eating outside household, hotel, and restaurant is considered as rude where as in many other western countries, it is just normal. Asking questions like what you do in the Netherlands is considered as insulting where as such question in many other countries is not a big deal and many people see it as normal way of communication and they do not get bothered as well.
The point is why do people deviate in normal way, not in abnormal way. Few other reasons could be as follows:-
- To question the integrity of social dynamics which they belong
- To express their dissatisfaction and disagreement
- To show disrespect to the dynamics of society where they belong
- To tell something to the society since they think that society is wrong
- To deliver certain perspective to the future
- To express their own personal thinking and feelings in their own way
- To express their fear and frustrations on the existing systems of life
For whatever and whichever reason people deviate, it is with such kinds of deviations from the norm that shape this world into greater and better world than ever.