What are individualistic countries?
Individualistic countries consist of people who take responsibility for their own well-being rather than relying on friends, government programs, or family to help them.
They value self-sufficiency and sometimes feel helpless and embarrassed about requesting assistance if they do need it. Individualistic societies also choose to pursue their own dreams and goals instead of falling prey to the pressure of what others want from them.
This doesn’t mean they don’t care about other people. In fact, it means the opposite – that they don't want to be a burden. That's why they try to accomplish as much as they can on their own.
Characteristics of Individualistic Countries
Most citizens in individualistic countries have their own place to live, a bank account, and a telephone. Everyone also usually has a job, at which they may just work for an employer and not for a team.
On the other hand, companies have often fought to change their cultures, making them more family-like instead of cubicle-based. Still, people working together may not always involve one another in their personal lives.
What’s more, people often pay professionals, such as a doctor, when they need help. Otherwise, they hire a moving van instead of asking a neighbor if they can borrow a truck for the occasion.
People who make lower incomes, however, may have more of a propensity for collaborating resources. For the ones who make less money, they seem to have no choice to get along with others, versus some wealthy people who just pay for assistance.
That’s not always true, however, whereas many affluent investors rely on mergers and partnerships to enhance business. Still, some countries seem to have a “businesslike” approach rather than a community approach to relationships.
Countries such as Australia, Ireland and Germany might fall under the individualistic “businesslike” category. They seem more entrepreneurial in nature even if not a capitalist nation like the United States.
The Most Individualistic Countries
Apparently, U.S. News Israel ranked as the number one most individualistic country in the world. That perhaps may explain why it has so many battles in it and around it.
People seem to practice their faith regardless of what could happen to them. Another source, however, does say that both collectivism, which involves interdependence, and individualism coexist here.
The United States ranks number two on the same list that placed Israel as number one. It seems more obvious why this country has such a high individualistic ranking. Everyone seems to have the freedom to do whatever they want here, with some exceptions.
What may shock people, even more, is that Russia, Saudi Arabia and China made slots three to five as the most individualistic nations. Revolutions and fights for change may contribute to this ranking.
Sometimes, individualism refers to not just accepting the status quo. That’s why.