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Levinson, H. (1975).  Executive Stress.
"Where conformity is the first rule of survival, initiative is likely to be found only in dictionaries on the secretaries' desks." (p. 195)
Rees, F. (1991).  How to Lead Work Teams: Facilitation Skills.
"Leaders will do well to think of a team as a collection of diverse individuals, each with his or her own unique character and potential for contribution to the group. Being expected to conform and to subjugate individual needs and desires for the common good is degrading to team members. The fact is that some people are more comfortable as part of a group than others. Some more independent members may feel constrained and ill at ease working in a team. Others, because of their race, sex, age, religion, or culture, may not have much in common with other members and yet feel pressured to get along and conform. An effective leader is sensitive to the need to preserve individual dignity, to capitalize on differences, and to not try to achieve conformity."
Schwartz, H. S. (1990).  Narcissistic Process and Corporate Decay: The Theory of the Organizational Ideal.
"Loss of Creativity
The delegitimation of one's sense of what is important gives rise to a special case of the ritualization of work—the loss of creativity. Schein (1983) describes the condition of 'conformity' that follows from an insistence by the organization that all of its norms be accepted as being equally important. Under that condition, the individual 'can tune in so completely on what he sees to be the way others are handling themselves that he becomes a carbon-copy and sometimes a caricature of them.' Consequently, Schein notes: 'The conforming individual curbs his creativity and thereby moves the organization toward a sterile form of bureaucracy.' " (p. 63)
Kohn, A. (1992).  No Contest : The Case Against Competition.
"The word conformity implies something more than acting like others, of course. To conform is to go along, to accept a situation as it is. Its opposite is not only individuality but the acts of questioning and rebelling. In this broader sense, too, competition seems to promote conformity. If winning is the goal, one naturally tries to avoid doing anything that could jeopardize it." (p. 130)
Lakoff, G. (2009).  The Political Mind: A Cognitive Scientist's Guide to Your Brain and Its Politics.
"Our democracy is presently being threatened by the politics of obedience to authority, the very thing that democracy was invented to counteract....Democracy is too important to leave the shaping of the brains of Americans to authoritarians." (p. 120)
Dyer, W. W. (1978).  Pulling Your Own Strings : Dynamic Techniques for Dealing with Other People and Living Your Life as You Choose.
"But first you will have to see that it is impossible to be like everyone else and still be your own person. Ralph Waldo Emerson understood this better than anyone I've ever read. In Self-Reliance he said:
'Whoso would be a man, must be a non-conformist. He who would gather immortal palms must not be hindered by the name of goodness, but must explore if it be goodness. Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind.' " (p. 72)
Conley, C. (2001).  The Rebel Rules: Daring to be Yourself in Business.
"Most people never make this connection [that their creative abilities are an asset]. They jump on society's bandwagon, averting the risk of repeating some painful childhood memory. They continue to fear and avoid dangers that, while once all too real, have no relevance in their lives today. Sometimes we even try to hide our youthful talents and gifts for fear they're not acceptable. The net result is a disconnected life—one that is too familiar to many of us." (p. 29)

See also: confinement, organization man, groupthink, submissiveness, false self, competition, uniformity, autonomy, dissent

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  • Concept: conformity
    • preferred: conformity
    • related: confinement
    • related: organization_man
    • related: groupthink
    • related: submissiveness
    • related: false_self
    • related: competition
    • related: uniformity
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    • antonym: autonomy
    • antonym: dissent
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      • sense: conformism
      • sense: conformity
      • conformity
      • in scheme:
      • gloss: orthodoxy in thoughts and belief
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      • synset id: 106211963
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