The Effect of Group Influence on the Self Analytical Essay by Spirittalk

An examination of the effects of group influence on the self.
# 151596 | 2,000 words | 13 sources | APA | 2012 | US
Published on Jun 30, 2012 in Psychology (Social) , Sociology (General)

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The paper compares and contrasts the concepts of conformity and obedience and analyzes a classical study concerning the effect of group influence on the self. The paper then analyzes a contemporary example of the effect of group influence on the self and examines the individual and societal influences that lead to deviance from dominant group norms.

Compare and Contrast the Concepts of Conformity and Obedience
Analyze a Classical Study Concerning the Effect of Group Influence on the Self.
Analyze a Contemporary Example of the Effect That Group Influence Has on The Self
Analyze Individual and Societal Influences that Lead to Deviance From Dominant Group Norms

From the Paper:

"The fundamental concepts of conformity and obedience are not difficult concepts to comprehend; however, understanding how these concepts influence the lives of the individual on a regular basis can be complicated (Bleske-Rechek, 2001). Conformity is individual behavior that coincides with the behavior of others in one's group: in other words, adhering to group norms (Fiske, 2010). Within group behavior both conformity and obedience are important factors with regard to what is considered normal. One's personal norms are internalized, self-based standards. Descriptive norms are the behaviors of others that also have an influence upon individual as well as group behavior (Tayler, & Bloomfield, 2011). Conformity is the influence that the group has over the behavior of the individual by way of group pressure, group norms, and perceptual suggestions. Both the social identity theory and the self-categorization theory show the importance of conforming in an attempt to reduce uncertainty with regard to the individual's social reality. Obedience, on the other hand, is the influence of authority upon subordinates by way of demands. The core motives at work with regard to obedience include belonging, controlling, trusting, and understanding by complying with the demands of the influential leaders of the in-group."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Bleske-Rechek, A. L. (2001). Obedience, Conformity, and Social Roles: Active Learning in a Large Introductory Psychology Class. Teaching Of Psychology, 28(4), 260-262.
  • Bourgeois, M. J., Sommer, K. L., & Bruno, S. (2009). What Do We Get Out of Influencing Others?. Social Influence, 4(2), 96-121. doi:10.1080/15534510802465360
  • Brown, R. (2000). Social Identity Theory: Past Achievements, Current Problems and Future Challenges. European Journal Of Social Psychology, 30(6), 745-778.
  • Cremer, D. (2004). The Closer We Are, The More We Are Alike: The Effect of Self-Other Merging on Depersonalized Self-Perception. Current Psychology, 22(4), 316-325.
  • Fiske, S. T. (2010). Social beings: Core Motives in Social Psychology (2nd ed.). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.

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