I agree, Ian, that we need to start from a place of self-authority and self-responsibility for learning to respond and not just react to our emotions. At the same time, there’s a concept of valence which describes observable behaviors of people in groups over-reacting because ‘their feelings’ exceed their individual capacity: a spillover effect from ‘taking in’ other’s similar emotions and ‘acting out’ as a representation of aggregate group sentiment.

Which is just to say that there’s a lot going on, and individual accountability had to be balanced by other group members’ self-responsibility too.

Also, this whole individual-centric-ness is a cultural value. There may be other equally-effective or even better strategies for managing the complexities of maintaining social stability.

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