Analysis Of Milgram's Obedience To Authority

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People's thoughts, feelings and behaviors are impressed by being of other people. This is defined as social influence (Allport, 1968). People try to change others’ behavior, thoughts and feelings by different ways. For instance, pressure, command, persuasion are some ways of social influence. There are three types of social influence which are compliance, conformity and obedience. It is called obedience to the type defined by authority. Obedience as one of the forms of social influence is acting according to the order of someone else that is authority. Without such an order, it is assumed that the person will not move in this way (S. A. McLeod, “Obedience to Authority”, 2007). One of the basic elements of Milgram's experiment and in our daily life the authorities that we obey unwittingly give direction to many behaviors (Gary L. Ford/ConnieBird, Life is Sales, Kanada, 2008). For example, a doctor with an authority figure depending on his or her status has great influence and credibility. There is one study of obedience to authority conducted by Stanley Milgram in 1962. Milgram’s obedience study was carried out in the laboratory of Yale University. Experimenter did not explain actual aim of this experiment to participants. (M.D.A. Freeman, “Milgram’s Obedience to Authority, Cilt 1, 1979). In this study, experimenter needs that two people in the laboratory with himself. One of them is learner who was learn a list of…show more content…
At a young age we listen to the words of the elders who are more knowledgeable than we are. As we grow up, there are teachers and bosses who guide us; we are conditioned to do what the people who are more knowledgeable or authoritative than we do. When we mature, it is now common to observe the orders of the authorities, so we have lost our sensitivity now. Because, from a young age, obedience to authority has been rewarded and this leads us to do what we do without
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