Individuality can be said to be the quality or particular characteristics of a specific person or thing that distinguishes them from others of the same kind. One could argue that having a body frame separate from the next person makes them an individual, but that’s not true.
Being an individual is about being a single entity that cannot be divided. In other words, our body, mind and spirit or soul, these three parts that form our make up must be synchronised to work harmoniously together as a single entity.
To be considered a fully functional healthy individual, one’s mind or consciousness must be in no way linked to another person.
People who seek to dominate and control another individual usually use coercive control, with the aid of specific psychological techniques which attempt to alter the mind and the ability to think for oneself.
Wait a minute;
- Do you feel you are being puppet-mastered by another individual into making decisions or choices you otherwise would not have made?
- Do you feel powerless to make conscious decisions based on your truth?
If you have answered yes to any of the above, there is a high chance that your individuality has been compromised. It is deleterious to compromise or do away with one’s identity and become that of another.
But why is Individuality So Important?
Individuality is important because:
- It is fundamental to discovering and maintaining one’s identity, without which the possibility of living out or fulfilling one’s life’s purpose is greatly diminished.
- It encourages innovation which brings about change.
- It promotes responsibility which is essential for any relationship to thrive.
- It acts as a shield against manipulation and helps us to dodge dogmatic belief systems.
- It protects one from being puppet-mastered by another individual into making choices and decisions we otherwise would not have made.
- It presupposes a strong character the ability to think freely for yourself.
- It encourages prosperity and is essential to thriving.
Reasons Some of Us May Lack Individuality
- A lack of confidence in one’s self, a lack of trust in one’s instinct
- A low evaluation of one’s self.
- Fear of rejection or disapproval.
- Fear of confrontation.
- The desire to keep the peace despite the damaging cost to one’s self.
- A lack of trust in one’s ability to make the right decision.
Rerpcautions of Not Operating As An Individual
- Our core values will be compromised; This often makes us susceptible to being manipulated.
- We lose our identity.
- We lose respect.
- We lose integrity.
- We are susceptible to being managed through rejection.
How Can One Develop and Maintain Their Individuality?
- Being kind to one’s self; embracing our strengths, weaknesses and imperfections.
- Giving one’s self the room and opportunity to make mistakes and learn from them.
- Developing confidence in oneself.
- Trusting and following one’s instincts because this is how mistakes are made, which leads to improvements.