Agreeableness And Conformity

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Does your personality predict how obedient one will be in extreme situations? A study done by Begue, Beauvois, Courbet, Oberle and Duke (2015) looked at Milgram’s experiment with electric shocks a bit differently with the added component of personality. The authors looked at how agreeableness and conscientiousness can contribute to destructive obedience. Studying the influences that drive individual responses to obey authority in important as it helps us to understand how obedience can either unite society or lead to tragic circumstances. Harmful obedience can be the consequence of complex social forces arising from situational influences. Studies based on Milgram’s results have linked obedience with right wing authoritarianism, trustfulness, involuntary subordination, social concern and other traits. These varied connections can help explain behavioral differences in his studies (Begue, et al., 2015). This study used the Five-Factor model to look at the personality variation in people. In previous studies agreeableness has seen to be related to conformity due to agreeable people not wanting to go against the societal norm of those around them. Agreeableness also can lead to being influenced by others. Conscientiousness also predicts…show more content…
About 8 months after the experiment the authors re-interviewed the subjects without the subjects knowing about the connection to the initial experiment. The questions were to gauge personality and political ideology. The results showed that conscientiousness and agreeableness predicted the intensity of the shocks, left-wing political ideology was seen with people who showed decreased obedience, and that women who were willing to be participate in political rebellion, such as strikes, gave lower shocks. (Begue, et al.,

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