Social Influence Of Obedience

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Obedience can be defined as a form of social influence whereby the individual acts in a response to an order which is usually from an authority figure. It may well be that without such an instruction the individual may not have acted in this way. It can be seen as a necessary aspect of a society that individuals are obedient and show a respect for the rule of law and order. Obedience can help maintain a certain level of social cohesion, however if it is misdirected and individuals are unquestioningly obedient then abuses can occur. Obedience can be influenced by varying factors one of them being the influence of others upon an individual who is receiving the orders. This essay will look at how this can happen and what perhaps are the factors …show more content…
If nobody obeyed any orders we could end up with anarchy .However, when these institutions become corrupted and no longer act according to what can be deemed as morally correct then some will either disobey and attempt to resist or others will just blindly follow them without question. It can be that some obey through fear of retribution, whilst some obey because they agree with the orders even if they are morally …show more content…
The behaviour of many in Rwanda and Nazi Germany could be said to have been examples of others influencing individuals to follow orders which are contrary to how they would normally conduct themselves .However not everybody will follow orders unquestionably as was seen in Milgram’s experiments and from individual’s in both Rwanda and Germany who actually risked their lives to disobey orders to save others. However others can bring influence to a situation and it takes individuals with strong convictions and determination to be able to resist obeying orders that are immoral ,that is not to say all obedience is bad

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