Toxic Conformity: The 15 Characteristics of Sheople

Sheople, sheeple, however you chose to spell the word, are, in short, people who are blind followers who are willing to be led to their own slaughter. You often hear the word in toxic government politics, but you also have them in office and school politics too. Not only do politicians have their sheople, but bullies in the workplace and at school have them too.

And most people are, in fact, toxic conformists. Rare is the person who thinks for themselves, especially during the last few years, and, I’ll bet you’ve wondered why most people have become a bunch of submissive sheople. I know I certainly have.

None of us are born followers, we become that way over time through our upbringing, through the messages we receive from others, and through watching and reading all sorts of media.

However, it’s up to us to dig deep and sort out the crap from the facts. Moreover, it’s also up to us whether to follow society’s standards or to follow our own path in life.

At the end of the day, we choose whether to live free or remain shackled to the whims of evil politicians, crooked managers and supervisors, authoritarian school officials, and to bullies and peer-pressure.

So, how do people who are born free and independent become sheople? And how do people who were once confident and self-assured become insecure and fearful? Most are bullied into it.

So, what are the characteristics of sheople? Find out below:

1. Sheople don’t trust themselves to make their own decisions – they’re insecure and lack the confidence needed to make decisions for themselves. So they take the easy way out and allow others to make decisions for them. These types of people lack direction and are either easily bullied, think they know it all, or both. In doing this, they allow themselves to be controlled and manipulated. In essence, they are slaves to the whims of others.

2. They are lazy – Sheople don’t want to have to work for anything but want everything done for them. They’ll do anything to keep from having to work for anything. So, they rely on other people or the system to provide for them instead of providing for themselves. But what they don’t realize is that they open themselves up to being ordered around and told what to do. They accept being told how they should live their lives. Even worse, they open themselves up to be abused and taken advantage of. Understand that even free stuff has a price, and that price is often your independence and autonomy. No one will give you anything free and if you can’t repay them with cash or material goods, you will repay them with services or with your personal freedom.

3.Sheople need someone to hold their hand – They’re little five-year-olds in adult bodies. Again, they don’t trust themselves to make good decisions because they fear they’ll fail. Therefore, they feel they must have someone else guide them through the maze of life. In short, what they don’t understand is that by giving up their responsibility for their own lives, they also give away their power to another person and end up allowing that person to lead them…right off a cliff!

4. They are gullible – They will believe anything people in power feed them. They base their judgements only on how high a position the person telling them what to do is holding and they erroneously think that the people in power care about them and want to do what’s best for them when, in most cases, the people in power are acting in their own best interests and not those of the sheople.

They can’t think for themselves, so they adopt other’s beliefs just to fit in and be accepted. They’ll go with any narrative you give them. They allow themselves to be lied to and used for someone else’s purposes.

5. Sheople are dependent. They either can’t, think they can’t, or don’t know how to do anything for themselves, so they reply on an authority to provide all their wants and needs for them. And, in order to keep getting those wants and needs meet, sheople will bow down and submit to the will of the person supplying them even if they must unnecessarily sacrifice themselves to do it.

6. Sheople are hopeless. Many sheople are incompetent and ineffective people. They don’t believe in themselves and, deep down inside, feel powerless and that they can’t do anything right. Many sheople feel that they’re failures and sadly, many of them are. So, they look to a so-called leader to do everything for them. What they don’t realize is that by looking to this person, they only give up their power and make themselves subjects to that person. I don’t know about you, but I refuse to make myself obligated to anyone other than God, my family, and my closest friends.

7. Sheople are slaves. In exchanging their freedom for security, they make themselves servants, subjects, Because to have someone else do everything and provide everything for you means to be obligated to them. Totally obligated! And because they’re completely useless and can’t take care of themselves, they must have someone else to keep them up. And anything the other person tells them to do, they will do because they know that if they don’t obey the person, the benefits they’ve been enjoying will stop. But who’s to say that they won’t stop anyway? What if the person decides to cut the sheople off once they’ve served their purpose? Then what?

 8. Sheople are fearful. They are believers of fearmongers. They’re also afraid that they might have to work for something. Thirdly, they’re afraid that if they don’t conform, the benefits they enjoy will be cut off. They are easily intimidated by those in power so they do everything they’re told to stay in the good graces of the person or people at the top. Everything the they do is out of fear!

(Continued in Part 2…)

81 thoughts on “Toxic Conformity: The 15 Characteristics of Sheople

  1. Oh yes, to a degree we’ve all been sheeple but it’s taken the last few years to really understand the term. And to realise that we don’t need to be enslaved forever, tied to a system of obligation, consumption and corruption. I for one am glad to have got off the hamster wheel and started questioning and understanding how to break free and begin to create a life of our choosing. Great post Cherie. 🙏

  2. Question…any ideas? How can you block someone, that is a follower? I’ve tried but I don’t see any way. Are people paying for a feature that blocks the block? Any help, greatly appreciated.

    • Oh, girl! I understand your frustration! You can first go to your dashboard, click comments, go to their comment and click the question mark icon in the upper right corner of the comment.

      A box will appear with their email address and IP Address. Under that is the block button. Click on that and the person’s comments will automatically be put in your trash folder.

      Then go to your followers list and click the remove button beside the person’s name.

  3. Excellent post 😊
    Eye opening for mankind.
    Mankind have some characteristics similar to sheeps🐑
    Each and every point is justified that you have mentioned in this post.
    In our local language we call such people as sheep 🐑
    Very good post 😌
    Thank you ☺️🙏

  4. Great post. Just..number six, I don’t believe anyone is hopeless. There’s always hope, no matter what. As responsible humans, we should stay at a distance sometimes, but there’s always individual help for any human being. Great post, excellent words and graphics. Peace.

    • Thank you, Linda. 💖🕊 And I can understand your point. Though I don’t like to refer to anyone as hopeless, I was referring to the small 5 percent of people who may never see the light. I so appreciate your thoughts on this. 💖💐🌹

  5. Spot on post!! This is the problem in the US and Canada!! What kind of government turns on its own people? Takes their money just for speaking out?? It makes me sick and I don’t think it will turn out well for these tyrants!!

    • You couldn’t have said that any better and I totally agree with you! 💯🎯 These tyrants turn my stomach and you can bet they will get what’s coming to them! They’re only digging their own holes by doubling down on their oppression of the rest of us and like Twisted Sister sang, “We’re Not Gonna Take It!” 🎸🎶

  6. This makes me feel sore – but in a good way! I recognise ways in which I’ve tried to conform (and actually conformed and made myself miserable). I think autonomy is the keyword. When someone tries to engage with you, it’s important to notice how much autonomy they acknowledge in you. That’s the measure they fit you in. It’s a horribly easy trap to fall into – thinking you have to fit in – especially amongst loved ones and apparent friends. It also distances the real you from them, though.

    • I couldn’t agree more. 💯🎯 I too get pretty sore looking back at all the times I conformed just to fit in! The best way to find out who your friends really are is to be yourself and to stand in your truth. That is a surefire way to weed out all the fakers. 😊

  7. I have always believed wholeheartedly in quality #2 (lazy). This doesn’t even have to be people who follow the bulk of the population; it can be within small circles of friends as well.

    For example, many years ago I met a young woman (we will call her “K”) who thought I was a “weirdo” simply because I am into martial arts and indie music. (This is the prologue to my point.)

    A few months after K had passed her judgment on me, I went on a date with a different young woman, who I will address as C. (PS: There was never any romance between K and I; we just hung out a couple times because we had mutual friends.) I thought it went great. We seemed to hit it off, and in discussions we’d had before the actual date, it seemed we were looking for the same things.

    Imagine my surprise then, when C messaged me and said, “It was nice meeting you, but I don’t think we are looking for the same things.”

    I was confused. I read back over our messages, and there it was right on the screen: proof that we WERE looking for the same things. I even copied and pasted quotes from our conversation to do a “compare and contrast” thing. I said, “I respect your decision, although I am confused by it. Look at these examples. In my mind, these seem to represent the same wants.” She replied, but with a message that didn’t address the comparison.

    A week or so later, I found out C and K were friends. Besties, actually. They had talked after our date, and K said, “Oh no, you went on a date with HIM?” Then she proceeded to tear me down.

    So…K’s message that we weren’t after the same things suddenly made sense to me. She changed her mind because one of her friends had passed a negative judgment on me.

    The worst part of it is that C and I went on the date BEFORE K said that. In other words, C was given the chance to form her own opinion before it could be poisoned by someone else, and even though she had, she still bent to her friend’s way of thinking.

    And why? Because even though the impression C got of me didn’t line up with what K said, she decided to go with the negative opinion. Why? Too much work to find out anything to the contrary.

    Did I say that was the WORST part? No, I meant it was the SADDEST part. I could have understood if C had never met me, and K got to her. In that scenario, at least C would have been a blank slate upon which K could scrawl her hateful message. The tragedy here is that C HAD formed her own opinion, but allowed it to be overwritten by K’s programming.

    Well, I hope C is doing well, and I hope she grew a backbone to prevent history from repeating itself. Then again, in my experience, people don’t often changed like that unless they are somehow motivated to do so. In other words, she is probably still out there caving in to peer pressure.

    Ah well. I’m just glad that’s not ME. 🙂

  8. Great post. People had better start thinking for themselves. We live in rough times and the thing to be afraid of is not what the people in power want us to fear. The lose of liberty is the most dangerous thing we face.

    • Exactly! 💯🎯 You said that so perfectly! We are looking at losing our rights and freedoms. But Sheople would rather have security than to have freedom- as once quoted, “They deserve neither. “

      • I had one friend ask me if i didn’t perfer unity because of our different opinions about Covid. I questioned the science concerning the vax. That is almost like saying we need to think of the public good. There is nothing about what is happening now done for the public good.

        • You got that right, Molly! What it’s really about is grabbing power and keeping us controlled! They only say, “for the public good” to hide their true interests and intentions. But fortunately, we see through their act. It’s just too bad many others still don’t. 😔

  9. 🎯🎯🎯 Cherie, you nailed this! 🔨
    “…people who are blind followers who are willing to be led to their own slaughter.” Conformity or morality, which would you choose? Conformists may be plentiful, but those with good moral standing may have to stand alone, but they stand with dignity and good character, which is something the “monkey see, monkey do, monkey get in trouble too” folks can’t absorb. Great post girlfriend! 👏🏼🥂🙏🏼

  10. Good topic. I have thought about this a lot. I think the problem is because we have become a radicalized society. I don’t want to get into politics but I have friends who are radicalized on the right and those that are radicalized on the left. We all have to vote our convictions and I have no issue with that because no two people have lived the same life but I cringe when people think their party of choice, their Presidential candidate, their Senator, etc that everything they say is the Gospel. It is not and often panders to a particular population of society. Yet you have groups that become radicalized where they never consider where the truth is (which is usually the middle). In high school there are all kinds of cliques and whatever clique you are in, usually there is a ring leader and what he/she says is the law. If one of our friends starts having babies, we think we have to start having babies too. If so-so is the hottest music band on the planet, we automatically think we have to become a fan too because everyone else likes them/listens to them. Even with things like Churches, we sometimes got so caught up in legalism that wenever truly explore our beliefs. We let society dictate everything to us these days. I was watching a video on Instagram earlier today and this guy’s wife wanted to play basketball against a group of men. And at first these men weren’t too crazy about letting a girl go up against them and she proceeded to wear them out, just completely dominant and the best person on the court and you could tell as time went on these men were growing increasingly frustrated and at the end some of them were like what just happened here. What just happened here was she was really good! These were just average middle aged men, not some type of NBA stars but because society dictated she was stepping out of her “boundaries”, it couldn’t be possible that a female could outplay the guys. Yet she did because these men, most of which who probably had wives of their own and daughters, took a societal view over looking at the individual.

    • You’re right with everything you say here! I’m an Independent so I don’t consider myself left or right. I vote for the man not the party! And people have most certainly gotten too radicalized! And that’s a bad thing because, it means that, if you’re middle of the aisle like me, they still want to bullybyou and shut you down. That’s why I stress the importance of always following your own heart, your own values, and your own path. You’re the only person who can determine what you want and who you are. No one else has that kind of power over you unless you give it to them.

      • Exactly and that is unfortunately what Sheople people do, they don’t explore the issues, they go by how others lead them etc. I don’t care who someone voted for, always take what leaders say with a grain of salt and really anyone in authority and learn to think for yourself. And as you said, know bullying may be coming. People hate free thinking and those that aren’t afraid to go against the grain to go against the bandwagon.

        • Amen on all of it! Sheople are too lazy to dig for the truth. I’m a digger and I explore all sides before making a decision and when I make a decision. I make an informed decision. I don’t do it off the cuff. And I always question those with power and authority. I’ve done that all my life and maybe that’s why I was bullied all those years ago. And yes, people flat out despise a free-thinking person. Independent in more ways than one!

          • It is very kind job that you are doing.
            Bringing awareness in many aspects, people don’t know or just don’t care. But I understand that a true guide can bring the masses to a definite direction. That is the job of human being. I have very high respect on you for your actions.
            Just appreciation is not enough for you.
            I wish that your messages reach out to the people, let them grow with intelligence.
            We all can do good for the society.
            Thank you so much for sharing these posts ☺️
            Regards 🙏🙏

          • Thank you so much Cherie.
            We are all directed by one Director. Doing everything to spread love and peace. We are loved by Lord. Lord directs us. Brings us together. In fact we all are together but do not believe.
            Stay blessed always.
            Take care 😊🙏

  11. No- me not part of the submissive sheople! Granted, I am targeted repeatedly for standing up for my kids, my colleagues, my beliefs and even other injustices outside my work world- but it is who I am and will continue to be. I was suffocated as a child- abused, neglected and controlled. When I got my freedom I took back my voice and over the years I have learned to sing and soar even when I get sideswiped by a jet- I rise! I trust my inner spark to do the right thing- I may not have the strongest self -esteem but I have strong convictions and I am fiercely independent- cause I had to be! I feel the real soul and when my radar starts to chirp- ok, I did try to give them the benefit of the doubt, but they usually failed so perhaps now on I will not be so kind and accepting. (Still mulling that one!) Great food for thought, Cherie! Hmmm…

    • Thank you so much, Kim. And your words really touched me greatly! <3 Especially the part where you say, "I have strong convictions and I am fiercely independent- cause I had to be!" I can so relate! As survivors of bullying and abuse, we learn very early on that the only person we have is ourselves and that if we want to survive and thrive in this world, it's up to us! This is an awesome point here! :D

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