We appear to be living in an age where "standing for something" is even more important than getting along with those around us. In fact, it is so important that we may not even allow ourselves to consider "their ideas" because we already know that "they are wrong."
There are some real risks in taking that position. One obvious on is the very real possibility that we are wrong. Another is that we spend our establishing the "fact" that we are right and the other is "wrong" that we never spend any time on the problem at hand.
Coming from a completely different position in the universe is this YouTube presentation that indicates that no matter how much of an individual you are, there maybe some real advantages in working together as a group. And of course that involves some important understandings of human communication.