Topic: social influence and persuasion.
6. Three areas of social influence are conformity, compliance and obedience. Elaborate. (150 words)
Reference: Ethics by Lexicon publications.
Why the question:
The question is part of the static syllabus of General studies paper – 4.
Key Demand of the question:
To write about role played by social influence in achieving conformity of thought, compliance of beliefs and obedience to authority/laws.
Elaborate – Give a detailed account as to how and why it occurred, or what is the particular context. You must be defining key terms where ever appropriate, and substantiate with relevant associated facts.
Structure of the answer:
Start by defining social influence.
In detail, bring out the role of social influence on conformity, compliance and obedience.
Conformity – is changing how you behave to be more like others. This plays to belonging and esteem needs as we seek the approval and friendship of others.
Compliance – is where a person does something that they are asked to do by another.
Obedience – is obeying an order from someone that you accept as an authority figure.
Summarize the importance of conformity, compliance and obedience.