Persons Vs People
OK, minor rant here. This is based primarily on what I have seen during my time watching humanity attempt to muddle through the great game that is Life. Each person is an individual. But that Person will only remain an individual for so long. The more individual Persons you put in one place, the more likely each person is to switch from Persons to People. Persons are a group of individuals, whereas People have passed over to herd (or pack, depending on the mood of the mob) mentality.
Each Person seems to have a threashold at which they give in to the People around them, and it often seems to be tied to their image of self-worth. Individuals who truly have a high opinion of themselves (usualy not the same People who strut around like they are high and mighty, though some of those Persons are included here too) tend to resist giving in much longer. Others, often the preening and posturing ones, seem to never switch over because they can only see themselves in terms of People, rather than as a Person.
The clearest way to see this is in dealing with a person one-on-one, (talking with them, generaly being sosiable) and then try dealing with the same Person when they are surrounded by their Peers. Rarely are they the same person during those gatherings, whether anyone they think they want to impress is around to listen or not.
I'm not immune to this any more than the rest of the teeming masses, though at least my own ideosyncrasies are more in the lines of shutting down until I gan get away from the herd, rather than joining in it. And my personal personality shifts have more to do with observing the reactions of others (an amusement of mine) than in trying to be accepted into the herd. Though that is an obsevation from within, not the most impartial viewpoint to have for that type of thing, so I imagine others may have a different take on me, much less the Press of People presently populating places.
Please, any desenting voices or likeminded views? I've said my speil, so speak.