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Vox_Veritas
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12/21/2015 12:38:50 AM
Posted: 11 months ago
The "role model" is a person who other people attempt to mimic a certain aspect of. This can be beneficial to society in regards to encouraging good behavior.
However, I would argue that the role model has a serious downside. When people adopt the traits of other people, they are making parts of their identity unoriginal. In extreme cases the end result may be a person whose identity consists primarily of copied traits and few original traits. An artificial identity which is constructed instead of grown. Overreliance on role models may stifle development of one's original and unique personality. The role model and individualism usually are mutually exclusive to each other; everyone should learn to recognize how much modeling is too much.

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12/21/2015 1:09:12 AM
Posted: 11 months ago
You can't really call any behaviour original, so I'd much rather everyone conformed to 'good' behaviours as opposed to conforming to 'bad' ones.
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12/21/2015 11:19:25 AM
Posted: 11 months ago
At 12/21/2015 1:09:12 AM, Smithereens wrote:
You can't really call any behaviour original, so I'd much rather everyone conformed to 'good' behaviours as opposed to conforming to 'bad' ones.
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12/21/2015 1:55:02 PM
Posted: 11 months ago
Role models can be used to develop positive traits. For example if you want to be a body builder, you can look at what Arnold did and mimic the ways he achieved becoming a great body builder, certainly you wouldn't want to model his personal life or any other aspect of his life, unless you thought he excelled in those areas.
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12/22/2015 1:37:52 AM
Posted: 11 months ago
At 12/21/2015 12:38:50 AM, Vox_Veritas wrote:
The "role model" is a person who other people attempt to mimic a certain aspect of. This can be beneficial to society in regards to encouraging good behavior.
However, I would argue that the role model has a serious downside. When people adopt the traits of other people, they are making parts of their identity unoriginal. In extreme cases the end result may be a person whose identity consists primarily of copied traits and few original traits. An artificial identity which is constructed instead of grown. Overreliance on role models may stifle development of one's original and unique personality. The role model and individualism usually are mutually exclusive to each other; everyone should learn to recognize how much modeling is too much.

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Pick better role models. A good role model is one who, while not perfect, overcomes our negative human tendencies to be an example as to how we can be more. Seeing how they accomplished this allows us to find the same strength within ourselves.
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12/22/2015 3:47:20 PM
Posted: 11 months ago
At 12/21/2015 12:38:50 AM, Vox_Veritas wrote:
The "role model" is a person who other people attempt to mimic a certain aspect of. This can be beneficial to society in regards to encouraging good behavior.
However, I would argue that the role model has a serious downside. When people adopt the traits of other people, they are making parts of their identity unoriginal. In extreme cases the end result may be a person whose identity consists primarily of copied traits and few original traits. An artificial identity which is constructed instead of grown. Overreliance on role models may stifle development of one's original and unique personality. The role model and individualism usually are mutually exclusive to each other; everyone should learn to recognize how much modeling is too much.

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I agree with Smithereens. There's no such thing as original behavior. Everything you do and everything you are is the expression of imbibed social cues, with the people that surround you as models of putative social behavior. So you can't lose what was never there.

By the time you're old enough, moreover, to consciously select who you do and do not emulate, you would already have formed a divergent personality which allowed you to accept the notion of finding and imitating a role model in the first place.

So this is a nonissue all around.
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12/23/2015 9:29:02 PM
Posted: 11 months ago
People don't choose role models for no reason, they pick the people who embody their ideals, whether or not they had identified them before seeing them expressed. So there's not really any originality to be lost in the first place, at least in most cases.
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1/19/2016 8:32:39 AM
Posted: 10 months ago
Define original growth then, not in semantics, but literally what one must do to make their growth "original"

I could learn all the dance moves of Michael Jackson, do them and sing with my voice, and that is still an original growth for 'me' - MJ never did this to get his skills.

If anything, Copying your growth from a specific source (Such as getting sprinting lessons from Usain Bolt) - you are more original with your growth, because your teacher is regarded as the best in that field, thus what is your potential for that field, if your learning grounds are considered the best of that field?

Besides, your compilation of all experiences are what makes a personality - So by that logic, all people are unoriginal, yet no one is exactly the same still (This is breaking it down into people's hair color, shoes size, height, humor, etc. ) the variables that make a person cannot be narrowed down by "You copied those moves".
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1/19/2016 10:54:52 AM
Posted: 10 months ago
The first time I ate at a Chinese restaurant I wasn't sure what to do, so I watched what other people did and tried to copy them. Lol it took me a while to get used to chopsticks, but I managed. I have no idea whether the people I copied behaved properly or not. It's something I will learn in time.
The same applies to children. They learn by watching what adults do, before they learn what's right or wrong. It's my belief that we do not choose role models based on shared values, but rather that we learn values from people we encounter in our lives.
Perhaps later on in life we may aspire to be like someone we admire, but the things we admire about them are the result of experiences we had. In other words, if my gran was a kind and generous woman I would learn to be kind and generous. I would admire someone who was kind and generous and make them my role model. But my real role model is actually my gran.