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I believe in myself: in my mind, in my skills, in the importance of the work I do, in whats inside my heart, in my sense of right and wrong, and in my ability to cope with whatever life throws at me. Increasingly, I rely on myself, on my own wisdom and effort, not on the authority of others, their help, or government help. I find that I no longer envy or imitate others, or blindly conform to custom or societal convention. (Note: Individual choice and societal choice often conflict. While a motto for the self reliant is If it is to be, its up to me, if  non-conformists really want to change society, they must work with others.)

Alternate Concise Characterization with Wikipedia Entries:

values Individualism (puts individual rights over those of society, family, etc)

often takes do it yourself approach

often rejects what society dictates and conformity 

values self sufficiency

summary Wikipedia article: none

Numerical Characterization with TFJD code: 2113

Numerical Characterization with Emotional Volatility VI index: 12

Related Words, Beliefs, Background -- 52 entries            Songs!           Discussion from The Worldview Literacy Book

playing  card related:  these are club worldview themes: individual <---> group             card #35 concise description

More to Explore -- Worldview Theme #35A: Self Reliant Nonconformity 

Social Isolation (from online encyclopedia) 
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)
"Weve 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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