Individualism Vs. Collectivism Essay

1073 Words Dec 17th, 2016 5 Pages
Individualism vs Collectivism
"It takes two flints to make a fire." --Louisa May Alcott
The statement above embodies the notion that working together is ideal and efficient when it comes to taking on a very cumbersome or an intensely hard task. Here the division of labor comes into play and in a little time, the intensely hard task is completed and in some cases the benefits of working together supersedes that of working alone, but the whole idea of collectivism or group work is built on the foundation of individualism. Collectivism is defined as the practice or principle of giving a group priority over each individual however it is the individuality of a person that makes a group work. While many people argue the benefits of working in a group, they say working together can reinforce skills that are relevant to both group and individual work which includes the ability to manage time, refine understandings through discussions and explanations, develop communication skills, but all these abilities can also be achieved by working alone. While working alone it is easier to concentrate and focus on the task done being that you are interrupted less, you are in charge of your goals, in the sense that you chose what to do and when to do it, and at the end of the task, the credits aren’t shared with anyone.
A group is only as good as its members and in certain cases it is the individuality of a person that makes the task completed. I was recently assigned to a group of two people,…

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