Why Do People Conform and Obey

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Why do people conform and obey?
Psychology
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Essay: Why do people conform and obey?

In psychological terms, conformity refers to an individual`s urge to follow the rules or behaviours of a social group to which he belongs. Psychologists have put forward many theories to find out why people conform and obey and have completed studies to confirm their ideas. In this essay I will explain why people conform and obey.

An important experiment demonstrating under which circumstances people showed conformity was done by a psychologist named Asch (1956). Asch`s experiments were made up to look like a vision test to the participating. The naive subjects did not know that the other participants in the experiment were all
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The studies by Milgram show that the situation plays a large part in the levels of conformity shown but individuals also differ. For example, it might be that people who mainly conform tend to have less ego strength, less leadership ability and less mature social relationships. They might also feel inferior to the rest.

Moscovici (1969) studied the influence of minorities on the responses of a larger
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