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I am competitive and prefer “I win, you lose” zero sum game outcomes.  I can be egotistical.  I have something of a pioneering spirit and at times am comfortable being  “a lone wolf.” I will sometimes seek credit for contributions I make to group efforts, rather than just remaining anonymous.  I value a social philosophy / belief system that places individual interests and rights above those of society—and individual freedom, self-reliance and independence above any social contract obligations.  Where applicable I’ll more often say "I" than "we"


I am a team player. I love being part of co-operative efforts. I like “win-win” outcomes and think there’s enough glory to go around.  I suspect that my self-esteem benefits from the community groups I belong to, and to a “sense of belonging”. I value a social philosophy / belief system that emphasizes the interdependence of every human being and promotes co-operation over competition.   I'd say I'm more spiritual / value connectedness," than egotistical.  Where applicable, more often I'll say "we" than "I", or refer to “us” instead of “me.”

Note: With version 4.0, these themes are new to the Project Worldview theme structure in March, 2019.
As such this page may be rather incomplete or still "under construction" for quite awhile!

More to Explore -- Worldview Theme #103A: 

Individual Glory

More to Explore -- Worldview Theme #103B: 

Celebrating Team Accomplishments

Egotism  (from online encyclopedia)  Teamwork (from online encyclopedia) 
Individualism  (from online encyclopedia)  Collectivism (from online encyclopedia) 
Selfishness  (from online encyclopedia)  "The Seven Characteristics of a Great Team Player"
Basking in Reflected Glory (from online encyclopedia)  Ten Characteristics of a Real Team Player (article from Forbes)
Social Isolation (from online encyclopedia)  15 Qualities That Make You a Great Team Player (article from Psychology Today)
Individualism vs. Collectivism: Our Future, Our Choice by Craig Biddle (Feb 2012 essay) Teamwork in the Workplace
Individualistic Cultures and Behavior by Kendra Cherry (article on very well mind site Oct 22 2018) "Individualist or Collectivist--How Culture Influences Behavior" by Elizabeth Hopper (Jan 30 2015 article on site)
"Be Humble and Stop Seeking Glory in Your Work" By Patrick Allan (on Lifehacker blog  Aug 30 2017)  
Emerson's famous essay Self Reliance  
Understanding Emerson's essay and links related to it  
Self Reliance and Ralph Waldo Emerson (a Unitarian Universalist contribution)  
Self Reliance and Creative Destruction, by Bryan Caplan (explores personal & economic individualism)  
Are You a Non-Conformist?   
Theories About Conforming (numerous links)  
The Relationship Between Non-Conformity and Self Actualization (questions relating to this)  
"Nonconformity in Ralph Waldo Emerson's Self Reliance" by Shawn Brewer   
The Self Sufficiency and Self Reliance Homepage  
Modernity and Individual Responsibility, by M.M. Agrawal  
How to be a Non-Conformist (about the1967 book)  
“Is an Increase in Individualism Damaging Our Mental Health?”  by Rob Whitney (Psychology Today July 28 2017)  
"Four Surprising Habits of Original Thinkers"  by Sage Lazzaro (nonconformity is one of them, April 2016 report on TED talk of Adam Grant)  
"We’ve Forgotten the First Principles of Our Republic – Self-Reliance" (October 2011 post on Charleston Tea Party website)  
Tommy Thompson Lectures Tea Party About Self Reliance (fall 2012 blog posting on Bold Progressives website critical of tea party)  
"Opinion: What Tea Party Critics Don't Get" by Rabbi S. Boteach (and "dignity is the human aura that comes through self-reliance" Nov 12 2012 post)   
"Childhood Gender Non-conformity Linked to Higher Abuse Risk" (Feb 2012 report on Medical News Today site)  
Amortality: Why It's No longer Necessary to Act Your Age by Catherine Mayer (Apr 25 2011 Time story)  
Nudge, by R. Thaler & C. Sunstein (review of 2008 book about public policy and human tendency to conform)  
The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls (where self reliant nonconformity gone wrong can lead--book review  in The New York Times  Mar 13 2005)  
Individual vs. Society Themes in Literature: in Daisy Miller by James, and Old Woman Magoun by Freeman  
Cultures in Conflict: Group Rights vs. Individual Rights, by Lyra Garzon  
Conversations with History: A Dissenting Voice, with Christopher Hitchens  (2002 UCTV program)  
Harlan Hubbard by Wendell Berry (biography of a self reliant non-conformist; read excerpts at Google Books)  
The Teenage Pursuit of Individuality  
Individuality by Robert G. Ingersoll  
Co-Dependency Traps: Avoiding the Intoxication that Imprisons  
Dependence and Conformity  
quotes about self reliance  
quotes about conformity and nonconformity  

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