How Far Would Someone Go For Obey An Authority Figure?

856 WordsMay 7, 20164 Pages
How far would someone go to obey an authority figure? On too many occasions in our history, people have gone to great lengths to simply obey someone who shows some sort of power over us. A specific example in world history was the millions of people that were killed by the Nazis in Germany. The real question is, what made people obey Hitler? Germany was in a bad state after the depression and for some, Hitler provided stability. Many just wanted someone to give them direction. What is really scary is that it was so easy for so many people to follow Hitler. It truly is terrifying how far people will go in order to please an authority figure, and how much power someone with a title can yield over others. Obedience is simple defined as, “compliance with an order, request, or law or submission to another 's authority.” This is a form of social influence where an individual acts in response to a direct order from another individual, who is usually an authority figure. It is assumed that without an order the person would not have acted in this way. A person with social power such as a police officer, a teacher, or a work supervisor who has the right to demand certain behavior from the people under the authority figures command (Ciccarelli & White, 2015). For example, a soldier will follow a command no matter how brutal it gets. Obedience is negative when it causes physical and mental agony. One can blindly follow a figure of authority’s directive and can conform to the
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