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Explain what is meant by Conformity and Obedience

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Explain what is meant by Conformity and Obedience Conformity is a psychological need to be accepted by others and also a change in belief or behaviour in response to be respected and accepted by a selected group e.g. a change in there choice of clothing, change of attitude ect . . . Pressure plays a major part in the way people conform to each other and become known in a group e.g. dress in fashion ECT . . . People regard themselves as belonging to the group if their behaviour conforms to That of the group Conformity has three main elements for it. First, it is known to be a Psychological need to be accepted by others, which means that the need comes from Feelings Within the person. A person may feel the need for a number of reasons. Secondly conformity is where someone will change their belief or behaviour in Response to peer pressure from a group / individual. ...read more.


The important thing is acceptance and once accepted the behaviour is regulated by the knowing that everyone is conforming. That is, everyone is behaving the same and there is No need for orders or instructions. Obedience is where you do something after: �you are ordered or instructed to behave in a certain way e.g. smartly and seaman like would be accepted in the navy � You are ordered to do something by someone in higher authority e.g. a rating been told what to do by a senior rating or officer e.g. rank and rates (chain of command) Obedience is a need to be accepted by others it is very different to conformity in three main ways. * First of all unlike Conformity, you are ordered or instructed to do something - it is not a psychological effect that you want to do it your ordered to do it * Second of all the order comes from a higher authority but in conformity there is no higher Authority - everyone is equal. ...read more.


Self-esteem could play a large part in conformity in that low self-esteem is a feeling of Isolation and loneliness . When people feel that they belong, their feeling of Isolation improves and this is what they need to feel accepted. Social norms are an influence of conformity because it is part of our nature to socialise And interact - it is the way we have been brought up. If we are not happy with a Particular culture or way of life, we are at liberty to choose one we are happier with. Uniforms are, among other things, an instantly recognisable symbol of unity and Belonging. Just as wearing blue denim jeans is a type of dress code, a uniform of any Description is a sign that someone belongs to a particular group or culture. Asch was a famous psychologist who worked out people's effectiveness to conformity when put in a private situation and a group situation ?? ?? ?? ?? Daniel white ...read more.

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