Obedience Essay

  • Obedience And Disobedience

    Following the horrific events of the German Holocaust, psychologists and psychiatrists have been attempting to answer questions on obedience. At the heart of the debate is why some humans naturally are obedient to authority, and why others have a tendency to be disobedient. Among the many people researching this topic are Erich Fromm and Theodore Dalrymple. Fromm’s work suggests that Freudian ideology shapes tendencies of obedience. Dalrymple claims that experiences in childhood outline impulses to obey. Whether it is Freudian ideas or childhood experiences that format obedience, obedience is deeply rooted in one’s mental psyche. Erich Fromm writes his findings in his work Disobedience as a Psychological and Moral Problem. In it Fromm asserts that the world began with the disobedience of biblical and mythological characters. Therefore, he concludes that because the world began with a disobedient act the world will likely end with an obedient act. On a more analytical level Fromm explores how he believes that Freudian ideology is the underlying reason for obedience. Theodore Dalrymple’s work Just Do What the Pilot Tells You offers a different explanation for obedience. Dalrymple believes that obedience is not entirely negative as society is complex and depends on acts of obedience. If a person cannot understand the inner workings of society, then they are not able to challenge authority in good judgment. Therefore, acts of disobedience cannot always be good. Dalrymple’s theory…

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  • Obedience And Conformity

    As a society we teach our children obedience, is there a place for teaching how to defy authority and the importance of minority influence? This topic can be approached in a multitude of ways. Our textbook defines obedience as “Any action engaged in to fulfill the direct order or command of another person.” Various people have diverse opinions of what obedience is and its connection to authority. When we were growing up, we were taught to always obey our authority figures. However, that seemed…

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  • The Importance Of Obedience

    From the Americans in the My Lai massacre to the Nazis in the Holocaust, soldiers have followed orders no matter how immoral. Obedience to authority is necessary for the stability and protection of people. While obedience is necessary in society, it is absolutely essential in the military. The United States military is based on the principle that lives will be lost if soldiers choose which orders to obey or which to ignore. Although obedience is required, it comes with great responsibility for…

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  • Obedience Experiment

    towards the single worker is replaced with a very large man. Responses tend to be less utilitarian and more emotionally influenced. Most people would choose not to push the large man over the bridge even to save the lives of four men. There is a higher tendency for stress to arise in people who administer harm, when they have established a neutral connection with whomever they are harming. A case of neutral connection between persons would be any verbal, physical, or visual contact that is…

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  • Obedience In The Old Testament

    In the Old Testament, a theme that is widely reflected between people and God is obedience. The relationships found throughout Old Testament were based on people’s obedience towards God’s instruction; probably making it one of the most important relational aspect. According to International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, obedience is defined as, “the supreme test of faith in God and reverence for him” (Obedience). God uses many prominent people in the Old Testament who obey and listen to what he…

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  • Gender Obedience In The Theban Play

    Throughout The Theban Plays, politics, tragedies, and warfare test the morals and beliefs of the main characters. In this passage, politics reveal the gender competition through the use of personification of social constructs like anarchy and obedience, symbolism of men and woman through these political terms, specific word choice of these social constructs, and metonymy to further explicate the gender rivalry. By analyzing meanings of certain words involved in this passage, the underlying…

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  • Perils Of Obedience Essay

    Guadalupe Loza Professor Comstock English -80 28 ctober, 2014 Obedience: Behind of an Unethical True The action of believing on what is right according to reality and its own self; make obedience part of each individual responsibility regardless other people behavior. Stanley Milgram was an American social psychologist that conducted in the 1960s one of the most famous studies referring on how people obey or disobey to certain authoritarian instructions. The experiment basically consisted on…

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  • The Dangers Of Milgram's Experiment Of Obedience

    committing atrocities, for example, Germans in WWII. In everyday situations, people obey orders because they want to get rewards, because they want to avoid the negative consequences of disobeying, and because they believe an authority is legitimate. In more extreme situations, people obey even when they are required to violate their own values or commit crimes. Researchers think several factors cause people to carry obedience to extremes: People justify their behavior by assigning…

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  • Milgram's Theory Of Obedience

    Obedience is a form of social influence where a person acts in response to a direct order from another individual who is an authoritative figure. Sometime the order violates their morals and ethical codes. According to Dr. Stanley Milgram, people obey ether out of fear or out of a desire to appear cooperative even when acting against the own better judgement and desire. Dr. Milgram a psychologist at Yale University desires was to investigate scientifically how people could be capable of doing…

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  • The Importance Of Obedience In Disobedience

    “If a man can only obey and not disobey, he is a slave; if he can only disobey and not obey, he is a rebel” (Fromm 125). Obedience is a trait that parents instill in children to keep them safe and out of trouble. Throughout life, people realize obedience is not always the answer; however, ruling out obeying as a whole is counterproductive. In “Disobedience as a Psychological and Moral Problem”, Erich Fromm claims people fear authority, yet wish to climb the ladder to reach maximum power. In…

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