Nurse Ratched: A Psychological Analysis

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Milgram studied the difference between obedience and conformity and different variables that would vary such things. In this movie we see people obey the commands of Nurse Ratched because of the hierarchy she created within the ward. People feel the need to listen to her for that very reason. Zimbardo's findings are also present in this movie. The human rights abuses that happened at the Abu Ghraib prison in 2003 Iraq war is a recent example of what happened in the Stanford Prison experiment in real life. Soldiers were put into the roles of prison guards and torment prisoners there. It is said that these soldiers were, in fact, acting under direct orders authorized by Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. This similar to the way the people
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