Closed systems of socialization

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Closed systems in socialization are based on limited freedom and adult interference. For example, in a schoolyard, a child may be unable to escape a bully. In case of a conflict, a teacher may act as a mediator and instruct children how to behave. In contrast, in an open system, such as an unsupervised playground, socialization will proceed according to the rules of game theory propped up with natural instincts that shaped social behaviors for millennia. Socialization in rich open systems is vastly superior and provide a good preparation for competing successfully in adult life. Socialization in restrictive closed systems exposes a child to a risk of being defenseless in settings where any of the inculcated rules is violated (see: Mystery of Donald Trump's brain). The presence of adults in an open system may be beneficial as long as it is based on a voluntary communication of wisdom rather than an imposition of the adult social ruleset.

The effects of closed system socialization can be seen in middle schools. After several years of seemingly appropriate socialization in primary school, children turn out entirely unfit to organize into healthy social groups in a new setting. Instead of being prepped for healthy social life in adulthood, they show poor adaptability to new social ecosystems.

The effects of closed system socialization may wane with age due to the fact that poor socialization can be compensated with rationalization, i.e. overcoming socialization difficulties with rational rules and decisions. However, some psychological effects may stay for life resulting in unhealthy social interactions (see: suppressed sampling, Idiocracy, and more).

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This glossary entry is used to explain "I would never send my kids to school" (2017-2024) by Piotr Wozniak