People seek to be unique in superficial, unproductive, and some-times painful ways. The most common way in which people seek to stand out is with displays of material goods: a large house, expensive cars, and stylish clothes are typical examples. Memberships to exclusive groups — country clubs, fraternities, MENSA, gangs — can provide both a feeling of belonging and uniqueness. Young people are especially likely to resort to drastic methods such as body piercing and tattoos to “mark” them-selves as different.
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