“Obedience and Conformity”
“Conformity is going along with the crowd” (Chapter 9, pg. 309). “Like obedience, conformity has had a bad reputation among social psychologists, and this stems in part from influential early studies that depicted people doing foolish, irrational, or bad things in order to conform” (pg. 309).
Why do we conform and obey? Of course we know and our text points out that obedience can also be a good thing, a “prosocial behavior” (pg. 294) and that it is a necessary part of our cooperative daily living.
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