Creating Waves of Awareness
Does a person actually use this word in the case-taking? One might call himself or herself a conformist and the example is given, "He was too much of a conformist to wear anything but a suit" This might be considered traditionalist, conservative, stickler, formalist, diehard, reactionary; informal stick-in-the-mud, stuffed shirt.
While the opposing personality type will be considered eccentric or even a rebel.
How do you like this thought by Colin Wilson? "The average man is a conformist, accepting miseries and disasters with the stoicism of a cow standing in the rain." Does this say that there is nothing a person can do about the inevitable turn of nature? We can compare to the citizens of Japan today.
I have just posted that although we might consider the Japanese people stoic and taking hardship with a stiff upper lip, with most conforming to the consensus of acceptable behavior, today, most surprisingly, people will not stand in the rain of radiation sitting down. No! Individuals, and community leaders who do not trust the government rhetoric about the safely levels from Fukushima have taken into their own hands dosimeters to report radiation levels and make waves!
All these comments make a conformist look like a negative person, which he / she by the mere definition is not.
A "conformist" is a person who follows "A Rule, Principle",
Every homoeopath is a homoeopath because he / she conforms to the rules and principles when taking the case, selecting the remedy, uses the remedies.
This is a positive quality.
So weather conforming to X, Y ,Z is a positive or negative quality is not determined, by the act of conforming to it, but rather by the rule / principle itself.
Democracy itself lends some credence to conformism but this conformism has element of flexibility,touch of pragmatism and it is these elements that makes democracy viable and alive.When conformism gets disassociated with flexibility and pragmatism and has no built in mechanism for self correction and adaptation to needed changes,it becomes negative and stifles progress,seeds of disharmony,discontent and stress are sown and one tends to be more dogmatic,not only self imposing but also imposing his beliefs and values over others,paving the way for disconnect with reality