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Laura Bradd

on 13 January 2013

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Transcript of conformity

The Effects of Conformity What is Conformity? Conformity is a type of social influence creating a change in ones beliefs or behaviours in order to fit in.
Conformity can also be defined as "yielding to group pressure". Group pressure can take different forms, for example bullying, persuasion, teasing, criticism, etc. The Six Different types of Conformity 1. Normative Conformity: yielding to a group pressure because a person wants to fit with the group.

2.Informational Conformity: usually occurs when a person lacks knowledge and looks to a group for guidance.

3.Compliance: publicly changing behaviour to fit in with a group while privately disagreeing. 4.Internaliztion: similar to compliance but instead of privately disagreeing the person is privately agreeing

5.Ingrational Conformity: when a person conforms to impress or gain favour/acceptance from other people.

6.Identification: conforming to the expectation of a social role. Why do you think people conform? Why People Conform People naturally have a deep need to belong to a group of some kind. They were taught to conform from a young age, in most homes parents will tell their kids how they should act. Some people will try much harder to conform where as others will do everything they can to not conform. The more self-esteem a person has, the easier it is for them to resist conformity. The basis of conformity in a group is that all the members think highly of one another, otherwise they wouldn't be together. Obedience Obedience is one of the most common forms of conformity.
Those who conform are more likely to be obedient and compliant.
By simply asking someone to preform a task is asking them to be compliant.

Generally listening to a person in a position of power. When you woke up this morning what did you do? People don't always realize it but a majority of the routine actions they do in their everyday life is considered conformity. people even surrounded by strangers do not want to appear as the odd one out, so therefore they conform to what the others are doing. Jim Jones wanted people to believe that he was trying to create this utopian society for them, where everyone is equal. He wanted everyone to believe that he was their God and that he could do no wrong. Jim Jones would try to convince them that anyone who disagreed with this was evil and out to destroy their perfect world. A lot of people took this in and truly believe that what he was doing was great. Once more people admitted they wanted to leave and Jim Jones knew that he wasn't going to be able to keep this up much longer, so had everyone in Jonestown drink poison. He had successfully brainwashed and killed over 900 people. Jonestown How many people in here have Twitter, Instagram, Facebook or some kind of social network? Jonestown and Jim Jones are very similar to the Holocaust and Adolf Hitler.
Both men had fantastic leadership skills and that's what caused people to absorb what they were saying and this got them their position of power. Once they were in power they were authority figures. People will naturally listen to an authority figure and they are generally obedient to them. Even though the people may not believe they are doing anything wrong, they simply think that they are following orders like they are suppose to. A lot of people are quick to rejecting what is different or unfamiliar. I think the best example of this would probably be cliques in a high-school. Students tend to gravitate to others to dress and act like them. This is due to the fact that those people believe they would most likely have common interests and those people would be the most understanding to them. I guaranteed that almost everyone in this room have at some point wanted to feel more accepted by a group or a person.
Then when something different comes along they are quick to reject this because this is strange to, and if everyone one else in the group is rejecting then they often feel pressured to do it as well even if they may not agree with it, that person doesn't want to be the odd one out. How many of you have ever wanted to do something that all your friends are doing and your parents didn't think it was such a good idea and your mother (in her condescending tone) says "if everyone else is jumping off a bridge, would you do it too?"?
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