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Collective Thinking Individualism This idea is beaten through our heads since we learn how to first read Slogans such as Everyones opinion counts to Be an Army of one are catapulted into our brains to ensure our self-esteem and self-reliance In fact is this really the way Americans think Doris Lessing in Group Minds clearly does not think so We are group animalswhen were in a group we tend to think as that group does She states that to guard against the influence of group minds we need to use the information that we have become aware of It is information that will set people free You must be on your guard against you own most primitive reactions and instincts The second thing we need to do to guard against group minds is to question our position in society and not to naively conclude that since I am a citizen of a free societyI am an individual making individual choices Her proposal is valid In General Americans place a lot of importance on individuality and without noticing it most of our ideas thoughts and dreams are governed by the groups we exist within Alexis de Tocqueville a writer from the 1800s tackled this very issue on his trip to America He wrote that no matter how much Americans valued their opinions as their own in truth they were simply what everyone agreed on De Tocqueville went in detail discussing how each one of our thoughts was common to the whole as a result of our minds being exposed to an interactive community He thought that Americans couldnt help this behavior and didnt propose reason to guard against it for he didnt see it in a negative light Ms Lessing from Group Minds shares his viewpoint of group minds It is the hardest thing in the world to maintain an individual dissident opinion as a member of a group Though in most cases people generally
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