Stanley Milgram Set of Reading on Obedience

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Why so many people obey when they feel coerced? Social psychologist Stanley Milgram made an experiment to find the effect of authority on obedience. He concluded that people obey either out of fear or out of a desire to cooperate with the authority, even when acting against their own better judgment and desires. Milgram’s experiment illustrates that people's reluctance to confront those who abuse power. The point of the experiment was to see how far a person will proceed in a concrete and measurable situation in which he is ordered to inflict increasing pain on a protesting victim, at what point will the subject refuse to obey the experimenter. One main question of the experiment was that how far the participant will comply with the …show more content…
In the experiments, many participants felt bad after they obeyed the authority’s orders. This bad emotion is unhelpful to increase the productivity. One assumption of classical theory is that people and organizations act in accordance with rational economic principles. According to the experiment, participants felt bad during the experiment, but after they knew the truth, most of them felt glade to join in the stud, and no one was going through for the money. It is truth that the experiment was effective to receive data when following the classical theory. Frederick Taylor’s opinion, which is monitoring worker performance, and providing instructions and supervision, can ensure employees are using the most efficient ways of working. In the experiment, investigator, who performed as authority required participants obeying the orders, help the test being continual. However, it was cruel to make participants felt so badly.
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I agree with Milgram’s opinions. It is true that people obey the orders even they dislike to do. One of my friends works in a company as a human resource manager. She is the person who does not want to hurt others, but her job requires her to fire people, which she dislikes. She says that she feels upset usually; especially leaders ask her to fire employees. She is looking the psychologist now, which is terrible. I am confused why she changes to another job. The interesting thing is she said she does not consider about the salary, but it is the job
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