Conformity can help in many situations. Conformity can be used to feel accepted, or to help during conflict. In some cases
We are all told that there is a wrong and right way to live our lives. These people are referring to conforming and not conforming to society. Conformity is a noun that means, “compliance with standards, rules, or laws.” The degrees of conforming go from wearing clothes in public like everyone else to following everything everyone does. There are many pieces of literature on this topic. A novel, short story, and poem proves that conformity is the dull way to live life and keeping individuality may be hard, but is worth it. In M.T. Anderson’s novel Feed, it shows the readers that conforming takes away diversity and makes it easier for a government or powerful business to take over and dictate the world. In Kurt Vonnegut’s short story “Harrison
Growing up as an Immigrant in America, you grow to learn social conformity is prevalent and plays a key role in the systematic oppression of free thinkers. Social conformity does not only dictate the way you view issues but also makes you shy away from letting your own beliefs be heard. There are many ways people conform, television and social norms being the predominant forces. By having observed these behaviors at an early age, I’ve grown to develop my own moral judgment and have met like-minded individuals who share the same outlook on the ills of society.
Schools are all about conformity. In many schools conformity rule the school. When an individual is ruling the school, people might want to conform to that person. In the book "Stargirl" by Jerry Spinelli is a very good example of conformity ruling the school. In the book "stargirl", Stargirl is a new student to Mica high school. Stargirl is a very unique, and different person. People thought she was strange and weird. Even students thought she was a plant. She was an individual. When she started to be popular due to cheerleading. Student dressed, carried a ukulele, and behaved like her. Stargirl started to cheer for the other teams, when the other team made a scoring point. The school started to lose games. Students blamed Stargirl for
Firstly, a norm is defined as rules that regulate social life, including explicit laws and implicit cultural standards. This relates to the particular experiment because the whole point was to break one of these norms and see the ripple effect it had on the people around me. Another term is attitude, which is defined as a relatively stable opinion containing beliefs and emotional feelings about a topic. This has to do with the experiment because My mother, who had the biggest reaction when I broke the norm, and I have different attitudes when it comes to proper etiquette and it is something that is apparent in our behaviors when out and my mother’s role in trying to make me conform to being proper when in public. Going off of that, conformity is defined as the tendency people have to act and think like members of the group. This has to do with the experiment, because all social norms are used as vessels to make people act and think the same, and if you break them you are looked down upon by
Individuals alternate their general behaviour and opinions both privately and publicly. Being a member of a group is highly desirable. When group is left opinions and behaviour change back to normal
Watching the “Rape at McDonalds” video was very disturbing. It was shocking to see how all the participants, except for the maintenance man, complied with the bizarre demands of the supposed police, especially Donna Jean Summers. As a manager, she should have known the policies of the company, as a reasonable person, she should had handled the situation in a different way. However, there are some psychological explanations for her behaviors. The law says that we must obey the authority; she believed that she was doing the right thing by following the others given by “the cop” even if the commands were very odd. “Obedience is a form of social influence where an individual acts in response to a direct order from another individual, who is usually an authority figure” (Saul McLeod, par.3). Most of us will comply the order given by the authority because if we do not, it may cause us problems, this is what Donna did. Her behavior was affected by the influence of the supposed cop. Moreover, she showed conformity which is “a change in behavior or belief as the result of real or imagined pressure”, (Myers & Winter, 2012). She did not confront the man order’s, she accepted everything very easily.
As humans, our lives are revolved around the line that separates conformity and individuality. Conformity is a type of social influence that includes a change of belief or behavior to fit into a group. Many people can cross the line too far back or too far forward, thus being too much of a conformist or too much of an individual.Conformity is essential to life. Humans live in a society that functions as a whole. If there is a mistake, the entire system may fail. So, we are obligated conform to social norms and laws to stay together as a whole. There’s several types of conformity; Normative conformity,which is to give into group pressure because a person wants to fit in with the
Compliance “is a type of social influence where an individual does what someone else wants them to do,” as well as conforming to the expectations of a social role in order to fit in, such as if someone asks another person to do their homework, or if someone asks for a favour (McLeod, 2014). Zimbardo’s experiment’s, in 1971, main purpose was to “investigate how readily people would conform to the roles of guard and prisoner in a role-playing exercise that simulated prison life” (McLeod, 2017). The experiment included 24 male students, who applied. Out of the 24, they were randomly assigned roles of either guards or prisoners. There ended up being ten prisoners and eleven guards. Zimbardo wanted this experiment to be as real as real-life. He instructed the guards to do whatever they think necessary in order to maintain law and order in the prison (Zimbardo, 2015). “Prisoners were treated like every other criminal, being arrested at their own homes, without warning, and taken to the local police station” although physical violence was not allowed (McLeod, 2017). What Zimbardo found was that within a short amount of time all the participants adopted to their roles easily. The experiment demonstrated how people will comply with the expectations that come from certain social roles. Someone will comply or not due to their thoughts of social reward or punishment may lead them to comply, but
In society, conformity is very common to see in many different situations. It is seen in groups of friends,cultures, and even through strangers. It can be shown in numerous ways, positive or negative. Conform means to comply to rules or standards. Throughout life, conformity and its ideas are good for society because it creates companionship,organization,and tradition.
In the article “The Sociology of Leopard Man” written by Logan Feys, I agree that society takes people’s individuality to make them fit in and be like everyone else even they should be themselves. There are multiple example, explanations, and resolutions on this situation. People changing their appearance, Leopard Man refusing to give in, conformity trending, and seceding from society are some of the examples and solutions to this problem.
Conformity is defined in the dictionary as “compliance with standards, rules, or laws.” Is Conformity bad? In some cases it could help calm situations and prevent negative events. In other instances too much Conformity can lead to the lack of individuality. One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest raises the question, where is the balance between too much control and too little? In Ken Kesey’s novel he illustrates a tale about Conformity and the struggle against it. He tells the story through the eyes of a big Native American called Chief Bromden. Kesey uses machinery to display the system of the hospital and the environment that the patients are in. The fog is the representation of conformity in the hospital. The Hospital is divided into two separate
The society we live in functions as a whole so conforming is essential in our lives as human beings. If we are scared and don't know what to do, we will often follow the steps of others so that we can be accepted and feel safe. Conformity is the result of people being pressured to fit in. There is a fine line between conforming and becoming an individual. Unfortunately, becoming an individual in certain situations can have bad consequences. Individuality makes you stand out from the crowd and can leave you feeling isolated. In Phillip Gwynne’s ‘Deadly Unna?’, conformity and the individual is shown through the main character Gary Black, other wise known as ‘Blacky’. In the book we discover how Blacky changes from being a conformist to becoming
Conformity is seen everywhere, society encourages it. Social Media, News Broadcasters, and the FCC are all examples of underlying ways the top one percent can monitor and manipulate the ways people live their lives. Most people are controlled by others around them; posts on social media
Conformity pressures individuals into situations that are not morally right. For example, in “The Lottery” the town was murdering innocent Mrs. Hutchinson, she screamed “‘It isn’t fair, it isn’t right,’...and they were upon her” (Jackson par. 80). Mrs. Hutchinson believed the tradition of killing a loyal friend, which the whole town participates in, is not right. She conformed by keeping her mouth shut and not saying anything, just like everyone else in this town. Nonconformity, in this situation, would completely end the horrible murders that are occurring in their everyday life. Unfortunately, conformity dominates the thinking of many and the people in this town are subjected to this. To