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How Conformity and Diffusion Affects People

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How Conformity and diffusion affects people

How group pressure and conformity affected the outcome of the experiment is amazing to say the least. From the beginning of time I would safely say people have the need to be a part of something, even if it was wrong. We are taught from an early age to listen to people of authority like your parents, the police your teachers and so on. When reading about the “shock” experiment (Boss, 2010, p. 2) you can see that even though the people know what they are doing is wrong they continue to pressure the participants into continuing the experiment. Then you have the “prison” experiment (Boss, 2010, p. 3) that shows you just how barbaric humans can be when they are granted power over others. It goes to show you that even though people act one way in front of you that they will try and make themselves seem more important or powerful by humiliating another. Even today you see that in children with bullying. All that bullying adds up to is either one person trying to make themselves look stronger or powerful to a group of others by picking on someone else. How diffusion of responsibility affected the outcome of the experiment is just as amazing to know that in the Asch’s experiment (Boss, 2010, pp. 120-121) people would basically play follow the leader. After the first person was told to give the wrong answer, 75% of the people followed along even thought they knew it was the wrong answer. After my reading I have learned to be true what I first believed and that is humans are designed to want to “fit” in. I have always said that a “person is smart; a group of people are dangerous.” My meaning behind that is this one person can be reasoned with has with a group will become a mob, uncontrollable and unreasonable. That’s why I think the government keeps a lot of things from the American public.


Boss, J. A. (2010). Think Critical thinking and Logic skills for everyday life. New York: McCraw-Hill....

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