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Elaborate upon the role of social influence in determining the behavior of an individual.

Topic: Attitude: content, structure, function; its influence and relation with thought and behaviour; moral and political attitudes; social influence and persuasion.

7. Elaborate upon the role of social influence in determining the behavior of an individual.(250 words)

Reference:  Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude by Lexicon Publications

Why the question:

The question is premised on the theme of social Influence and its importance in shaping the behavior of an individual.

Key Demand of the question:

One must elaborate upon the role of social influence in determining the behavior of an individual.

Directive:

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:

Introduction:

Briefly define the term social influence in the introduction.

 Body:

The answer body must have the following aspects covered:

Social influence is the process by which individuals adapt their opinion, revise their beliefs, or change their behavior as a result of social interactions with other people. It takes many forms and can be seen in socialization, peer pressure, obedience, leadership, persuasion, and marketing.

Discuss the role of social influence in shaping behavior of a person. Give suitable illustrations wherever needed to justify your stand.

Conclusion:

Conclude with important role that social influence plays in shaping behavior of individuals.