Modesty

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Standards of modesty (also called demureness or reticence) are aspects of the culture of a country or people, at a given point in time, and is a measure against which an individual in society may be judged.[citation needed]

Modesty may be expressed in social interaction by communicating in a way exhibiting humility, shyness, or simplicity. The general elements of modesty include:

  • Downplaying one's accomplishments (see humility)
  • Behavior, manner, or appearance intended to avoid impropriety or indecency
  • Avoiding insincere self-abasement through false or sham modesty, which is a form of boasting.[citation needed]

A second expression of modesty, isolated from communication and human interface, focuses more on internal perception of superiority and may be expressed in the following ways:

  • through work ethic,
  • motivation for self improvement,
  • and tolerance of others.[citation needed]

Physical modesty dominates the social stage. Fashions and fads at times test the limits of community standards of modesty. People can be subjected to peer pressure, both to conform to community standards or to flout them. Community standards of modesty however may be driven by a sense of superiority, which contrasts some definitions of modesty.

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