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Posted June 20, 2013 at 10:28 PM (Answer #2)
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When you are looking balance, such as in a statistical graph, and you are looking at symetrical balance you are looking at a graph that has a even number of people before and after the mean. This is what a standard normative deviation will look like with standardized deviations.
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Noting that this question was first posted under "Social Sciences," it's truly important to note a different theory about symmetrical vs. asymmetrical balance in regards to society's norms.В This is a completely different way to analyze balance apart from the study of statistics which, of course, is also one of the later topics related to this question.В Therefore, because statistics has already been dealt with, this answer will deal only with "symmetry" in regards to social interactions.
In sociology, the theory of symmetry can get quite complex (note the focus on Standard Normative Deviations above), but for now, let's keep it simple. Symmetry is a comparison between people or groups in regards to certain feelings.В Most commonly, the feelings compared are important ones:В "reciprocity, empathy, apology, dialog, respect, justice, and revenge."
In a society, sociological, symmetrical interactions are about similarities and equalities.В Many use the phrase, "We are all the same," to describe this type of symmetrical balance.В Put simply, a symmetrical relationship is a relationship between peers.В Alternately, in a society, sociological, asymmetrical interactions are about
one person (or group) being better than the other.В In this regard, many use the phrase, "I am special, and better than you," to describe this type of asymmetrical balance.В Put simply, and asymmetrical relationship is a "power relationship" where one person "rules over" or "manages" another in some way.
Creating examples for these types of relationships can get very complicated, but let me give a couple of easy ones. First, it is VERY important to understand that not all symmetrical balance is positive, and not all asymmetrical balance is negative! Cliques in high school, as negative as they are, can be considered to have a symmetrical balance.В The members of the click (take Jocks or Goths, for example) create belonging and see a connection between "sameness" among the members.В However, in the same high school, the relationship between the teacher and his/her students (as positive as it may be) can be considered to have an asymmetrical balance.В The teacher is the leader and manager over the students and, therefore, has more power.В A further example (again in the same high school) would be the relationship between the principal and his/her teachers.В The principal is the leader and manager over the students and, therefore, has more power.
In conclusion, the study of the general concept of "symmetrical balance" would blow your mind!В Symmetry can be applied to almost ANYTHING:В math, science, nature, art, music, etc.В In this answer, I dealt only with symmetrical balance and asymmetrical balance in regards to sociology.