Secession, Now we only have a 99% chance of falure...before, it was a sure thing

While talking about some of the feelings that people have across the country about secession; a theme and camps seamed to develop; and someone stated openly,

' Deviancy is a difference that is morally repugnant to the majority. It really has no inherent value in itself.'

The following is my reply;

We All are contradictory in nature; on one hand we desire "normality" and at the same time we like "novelty". We shape ourselves to fit into our societies, and when the society is too repressive/oppressive, we push and pull at the boundaries of "acceptable" behavior (appearance, etc). This is the 'creative contradiction'.

"That man (or woman) is a creature that needs order yet yearns for change is the creative contradiction at the heart of the laws which structure his (or her) conformity and define his (or her) deviancy" - Freda Adler

There are many theories regarding deviancy. Not just "formal" and "informal". There is also a very basic statistical deviancy. Being physically deformed is a type of "deviancy" in that it deviates from the "norm", but we don't often think of it in terms of "deviancy"; although the physically deformed are often treated the same as a "behavioral deviant". There is also "antagonistic" deviancy, where the social norms are "wrong" or too narrow; the Stonewall Riots are a good example of "antagonistic deviancy".

"Labeling theory" is the idea that once society "labels" a type of behavior or a person as deviant, individuals identify with the label and it becomes a "self-fulfilling prophecy". There is also a Marxist social control theory; which states that the "dominant culture" uses the stigma of deviancy to stay in power. "Differential association" places the origin of deviancy with association; that the friends we have around us are what stimulate the desire for deviancy; "peer pressure", "learned behavior" etc.

Primal is change, completely and unfortunately suppressed by civilization.

Deviancy is a purposeful act of rebellion to stretch the boundaries of "social norms".

Many of us are creative yet not informal nor informal deviants.

Creativity is the foundation of change and is what makes the world a better place to live. If it weren't for creative people, we would still be living in caves. Humans are always looking for ways to make things simpler, easier and more comfortable; as we all heard this saying: necessity is the mother of all invention. Creativity is part of all nature, it's secrets make us a cut above other animals.

The "dominant culture" uses the stigma of deviancy to stay in power. I think our academic (and I suppose religious....heck thats where true psychology started) institutions have defined deviancy and it is here to stay.

  Are 'we' to accept that change can be held back with a 'label'?

'Upstreamism': Your zip code affects your health as much as genetics

Upstreamism advocate Rishi Manchanda calls us to understand health not as a "personal responsibility" but a "common good."

Sponsored by Northwell Health
  • Upstreamism tasks health care professionals to combat unhealthy social and cultural influences that exist outside — or upstream — of medical facilities.
  • Patients from low-income neighborhoods are most at risk of negative health impacts.
  • Thankfully, health care professionals are not alone. Upstreamism is increasingly part of our cultural consciousness.
Keep reading Show less

Calling out Cersei Lannister: Elizabeth Warren reviews Game of Thrones

The real Game of Thrones might be who best leverages the hit HBO show to shape political narratives.

Photo credit: Mario Tama / Getty Images
Politics & Current Affairs
  • Sen. Elizabeth Warren argues that Game of Thrones is primarily about women in her review of the wildly popular HBO show.
  • Warren also touches on other parallels between the show and our modern world, such as inequality, political favoritism of the elite, and the dire impact of different leadership styles on the lives of the people.
  • Her review serves as another example of using Game of Thrones as a political analogy and a tool for framing political narratives.
Keep reading Show less

Following sex, some men have unexpected feelings – study

A new study shows that some men's reaction to sex is not what you'd expect, resulting in a condition previously observed in women.

Credit: Pixabay
Sex & Relationships
  • A new study shows men's feelings after sex can be complex.
  • Some men reportedly get sad and upset.
  • The condition affected 41% of men in the study
Keep reading Show less
  • Climate change is no longer a financial problem, just a political one.
  • Mitigating climate change by decarbonizing our economy would add trillions of dollars in new investments.
  • Public attitudes toward climate change have shifted steadily in favor of action. Now it's up to elected leaders.