A strong tendency to criticise and focus on what is wrong with something rather than to praise, appreciate or be positive.Dr Craig tells us that: "We must cease the endless quest for Scottishness and renounce our previous obsession with Scottish identity.... In place of the quest for Scottish identity we need a quest for individual identity. We need to encourage individual Scots to go forth and be themselves."
An overwhelming sense that people’s behaviour can be judged right or wrong, worthwhile or useless.
A prevailing notion that if anyone makes a mistake or does anything wrong, no excuses will be permitted in their defence and that they should be blamed and criticised for their misdemeanours.
An underdeveloped sense of privacy: everything you do in life could be the focus of others’ criticism and censure.
A general belief that you are not OK just as you are and that you must compete and prove your worth.
A strong sense of egalitarian values which stress that no one is more important than anyone else and a culture where people are routinely put down if they are seen to get above themselves.
A prevailing belief that it is better if people do not like themselves too much.
A strong sense that if you question Scottish values or step outside conventional behaviour or opinions your very right to call yourself “Scottish” may be under threat.
At most, only twenty percent of Scotland's problems are amenable to political solutions, we were told at the talk. The rest depends on a national culture that needs to be more individualistic. Perhaps everything is not the fault of the politicians.