Deviance seems straight~forward
enough of a term that one can
discern the behavior within a social setting without too much thought.
For instance, green, mohawked hair deviates from the typical style we see in everyday life,
except for, say on…oh, St. Patrick’s Day or Halloween, a green~spikey doo will blend into our surroundings because
celebration is expected behavior.
Moreover, is that green hair
example really the ‘it’ of deviance? No, deviance takes many forms, such as a criminal, genius, or an artist (the latter two examples
are among positive concepts).
The amount or degree of deviance
from the ‘norm’ provokes action and evokes emotion, confusion, and
Deviance is not really what is
deviance really allows us to
understand the comfort levels of
those around us, including opinions, preferences, and tolerances.
Deviance, as phenomena, have also allowed humans to flourish for
nearly two~hundred~thousand~ years!
After all, we recognize ‘outsiders’ (basically, difference) which has
helped us to survive. Simply imagine
the alert sent through one’s small community if a strangely~dressed group of people stumbled into the area?
Finally, deviance can also be used as a tool of abuse, by the
common tactic of labeling others.
This labeling action draws its strength from taking advantage of
our survival interest to notice deviance, labeling inappropriately alerts us to novelty even when danger may not exist, labeling deviance
is to pray upon our fight~or~flight system.
The next time you hear a label or notice deviance, describe it to yourself.
Personally, I say deviate as positively as you can. Become the best athlete or scholar you are
able to. Remember, though,
not deviating correctly, may have
Plan your deviation!