Are You More of an Individualist or Collectivist?
By: Jennifer Post
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About This Quiz
An individualist is someone who advocates for the freedoms of the individual, versus a collectivist who thinks a group of people or government should have priority over any individual. Neither is necessarily right or wrong; it's just a matter of what is more important to you. In a collectivist culture, those who are part of it do things that benefit the entire group and not just themselves. But there can also be collectivist governments that tend to be a little more related to communism. The ideals are the same, but in a government setting, it's a bit more strict and serious.
People view individualists to be selfish and self-serving, but that's not necessarily the case. A person can practice individualism and still care about the well being of others. Maybe they think that they are helping the greater society by helping themselves. The more successful they are, the more they can contribute to society and create that sort of chain reaction. An individualist is free to live a life completely of their own will without having to think of anyone else, but it doesn't mean they don't. Knowing the difference between collectivism and individualism, which do you think you are? Take this quiz to find out!
When you wake up in the morning, what's the first thing you think of?
What I'm going to make for breakfast
Are you the kind of person to do one thing at a time or juggle multiple things?
I like to finish one thing before moving on to another.
I always have a lot going on.
Usually one at a time, but I can handle more if I have to.
When you're in the middle of something and someone interrupts you, how do you react?
Ask if they can wait a second
Try to finish my thought before acknowledging them
Should work and your personal life ever overlap?
They should be kept separate.
A little overlap can't hurt.
Do you find yourself changing plans as often as you make them?
If I make a plan, I stick to it.
I'll change it if it makes it easier for everyone.
I do try to get out of things.
When you do change plans, do you feel guilty about it?
Only if it negatively impacts people
If there is a time you are supposed to be somewhere, do you make sure to show up at that time?
On time or a little early
I get there when I get there.
People know I always run late.
Do you respect others' privacy and personal space?
I could be better at that.
If they do the same to me
Are most of your relationships long term or short term?
Probably more short term if I had to choose
Do you often sacrifice what you want to please the group?
I usually don't care either way.
I have before but I don't make a habit of it.
How did you feel about group projects in school?
I would rather work by myself.
They can be good if you're with the right people.
I didn't prefer them, but I could get through them.
If in a group project people aren't pulling their weight, are you the one picking up the slack?
I want a good grade, so yes.
Is alone time really important to you?
I need it every once in a while.
Would you lie to protect someone from getting in trouble?
That would be my first instinct.
I'd strongly consider it.
Maybe if it was a family member
Is it easy for you to make friends?
I can get along with almost anyone.
Is it important to you to stand out in a crowd?
It really depends on the crowd.
When I'm in the right mood
When someone upsets you or does something you don't like, do you confront them?
If it's something I really care about I will.
I have no problem with confrontation.
Would you do anything that disrupts an established dynamic?
If I thought it was worth it.
How much do you think individual freedoms should be restricted?
When they negatively impact a group
When it comes to legality
Do you think that higher education should be free for everyone?
Only those in a certain tax bracket
In current times, do you feel like the government has too much control over the people?
It's just enough control.
The people should have power over the government.
Are you capable of taking responsibility for your actions whether they are good or bad?
It's not usually just my responsibility.
That's a big part of being a person.
Who do you rely on to make sure you have everything you need?
Do you think it's fair for taxes to be higher for those who make a certain amount of money?
Everyone should be taxed the same.
As long as that person isn't me
Are women's rights human rights?
Everyone should have the same rights.
Women should be able to do whatever they want.
Women's rights issues don't really affect me.
Is it accurate to say that parents are 100% responsible for how their kids turn out?
It is mostly the parents' doing.
How do the things you do everyday impact society as a whole?
I just mind my own business.
How do you normally form your opinions?
I use my life experiences.
Do you actually enjoy being around people on a regular basis?
I could live without people.
When you go to make a decision, what do you think of before you do it?
How it will impact others
If I will benefit from it
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