Thursday, August 29, 2019

Pseudocommunity


The essential dynamic of pseudocommunity is conflict-avoidance...Genuine communities may experience lovely and sometimes lengthy periods free from conflict. But that is because they have learned how to deal with conflict rather than avoid it. Pseudocommunity is conflict-avoiding; true community is conflict-resolving. 

The basic pretense of pseudocommunity is the denial of individual differences...One of the characteristics of pseudocommunity is that people tend to speak in generalities...To avoid the risk of conflict they keep their feelings to themselves and even nod in agreement.

                                                                             -M Scott Peck, The Different Drum (p88-89)

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