The last kind of point that we are going
to talk about is conformity and obedience.
So, conformity refers to the phenomenon
of adjusting one’s behavior
and thinking based on the behavior
and thinking of others.
Now, you might say this sounds a little lot
like what we already talked about
and there is some overlap.
But here, it’s much more implied.
So, it’s not that somebody’s pressuring
you into making this decision.
It’s more of you adjusting your behavior
based on the behavior or thinking of others.
And here are some of the factors.
and you’ll notice again there’s a lot of
overlap here and that’s not a coincindence,
it’s because they are related.
So things like group size,
a larger group brings more conformity.
So you think of a sporting event again
and the way people act or dress at the sporting
event makes you wanna dress that same way.
Unanimity is a strong pressure not to descent.
If everybody at that game is wearing a jersey for
your team and you’re the only one not wearing one,
you kind of look like a dummy, right?
So you’ll end up saying, well, I better wear
one ‘coz I don’t want to stick out.
And then finally is cohesion.
So individuals will agree with
another individual with whom he identifies.
So if you feel like I really relate
and agree with that person on most things,
well then I’m probably going to conform
and be obedient and do the same thing
because typically speaking,
I feel the same with that person.
Now, here are three other factors
that we are going to mention
that can impact the level of
conformity and obedience.
Now, if you are a higher status individual,
you tend to have more influence.
So let’s go to the high school analogy
and if you’re a senior at high school,
You’re the cool guy or cool girl.
and you are able to do things and you will
influence those who are young and look up to you.
Let’s take a look at let’s say sporting figures.
What a sporty individual does or a popstar does
that has a lot of influence on those around you
because of their level of status.
Accountability, conform more when they are
more visible versus closed doors.
So if you are an individual who is
out and about and people see you
and you have to account for things.
So think about your boss for example.
Now your boss has a lot of people
that he directs and manages.
and when they’re in front of you
they might act a certain way.
And you act a certain way,
but when they’re behind closed doors or you’re
behind closed doors, you act a lot differently.
You can even relate this to discussions
that we’ve had about being our different selves.
And when you’re your work self,
you’re highly accountable
versus when you’re with your friends,
you’re less accountable
and you can act differently between
being visible and in this case,
I’m saying being with friends or the people
you’re familiar with is the closed door inside.
The other is if you have prior commitments.
Are you a public figure?
So if you are a Supreme Court judge or if
you’re a politician, you have this persona,
you have to be obedient and you have
to conform to social norms.
And if on the weekends, you happen
to dress up as a woman and walk around
or you’re a professional wrestler wearing
a mask and you’re oiled up in wrestling.
These are things that might
impact your public persona.
So because of your public commitments,
you are much more obedient
and you conform to what people want you to do
or what the society wants you to do.
As opposed to, if you’re a “nobody”,
nobody really knows you or you have no
prior commitments or public commitments,
you can pretty much do what you want
and if you want a deviate
from what society wants you to do, that’s fine.
So all set and done we’re taking a look at all
the different things that can impact your behavior
and at the end of the day,
shape what you do and how you do it.