Obedience Is The Psychological Mechanism That Links Individual Action

1065 Words Jul 7th, 2016 5 Pages
“Obedience is the psychological mechanism that links individual action to political purpose.” (Milgram, 1963). As a Psychologist at Yale University, Milgram proposed an experiment mainly focusing on the conflict between obedience to authority and personal conscience. In the 1960’s, Stanley Milgram analyzed justifications for genocide acts by those accused during World War II. The Nuremberg War Criminal trials, States the people were thought of them as simply following orders from their higher ranks. His theory focuses on how humans think and how it links to an action of a given command. In this study, the reader will observe the unethical experiment of the Behavioral Study of Obedience. Behavioral obedience is justified throughout time as an element in structures of social life as can point to. Also, obedience needs a system of authority and is a determinant of behavior. The author of the article, Stanley Milgram, writes about an unethical experiment, on the study of obedience that took place during the 1960’s. Milgram was interested in analyzing how far humans would go to obey commands, if the subject were to harm someone else. Milgram was also intrigued by how easily every-day people can be influenced into committing even awful and unlawful commands, such as the Germans during the time period of the Shoah. The German Officers or Soldiers were ordinary people, but had to obey commands of the dictator, and were ordered to slaughter the different cultures surrounding the…
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