In Virtue/Vice, Dr. Christine B. Whelan blogs about news, books, scientific and psychological research and her general musings about virtue and vice in our everyday lives.
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Are Americans Exceptionally Individualistic?
If you define individualism as “gives priority to personal liberty” then, Claude Fischer, at Made in America, concludes
“There is considerable evidence, ” he writes, “that Americans are not more individualistic – in fact, are less individualistic – than other peoples.”
According to surveys conducted in America, Great Britian and several European nations, when it comes to questions like “Right or wrong should be a matter of personal conscience,” and “People should support their country even if the country is in the wrong,” Americans are at or near the bottom of the charts: We’re “less” individualistic than the French, Germans or British.
Check out all the charts here. Does this mess with your head? It should.