-SingingLass what are you willing to do?


Earlier today a LCF member brought up the term Authoritarian
Here is part of her quote-

Quote: Originally Posted by tiggerr:

Authoritarian (SNIPPED)

This character type is appealing, charismatic, strong.
The Authoritarian is also considered to be amoral.
Their ‘followers’ are very outspoken about what they are told by their ‘leader’ and resist anything that counters their beliefs.
Their leaders truth is the truth, anything else is lies and conspiracy.
(kk she is the Authoritarian type. Dead on

This reminded me of a series of social psychology experiments called “The Milgram experiment”. These were performed by the Yale University psychologist Stanley Milgram. The study participants had to obey an authority figure who instructed them to perform acts that went against their moral and personal structure.

I am sure others are familiar with a portion of the experiments:
The experimenter (authority figure) orders the subject (1) to give what the subject believes are painful electric shocks to another subject (2), who is actually an actor. The subject(1) believed that for each wrong answer, the subject(2) was receiving actual shocks, but in reality there were no shocks.

Now the subject who was “supposedly” receiving the shocks would play the part by screaming and crying out in pain during the testing but subject (1) would continue to give the shocks based on the direction of the authority figure, who was in this case was a stern biology professor.
Here is a quote from wikipedia regarding the experiment-
“After a number of voltage level increases, the actor started to bang on the wall that separated him from the subject. After several times banging on the wall and complaining about his heart condition, all responses by the subject (2) would cease.

At this point, many people indicated their desire to stop the experiment and check on the subject (2). Some test subjects(1) paused at 135 volts and began to question the purpose of the experiment. Most continued after being assured that they would not be held responsible. A few subjects began to laugh nervously or exhibit other signs of extreme stress once they heard the screams of pain coming from the learner.

If at any time the subject indicated his desire to halt the experiment, he was given a succession of verbal prods by the experimenter, in this order:
-Please continue.
-The experiment requires that you continue.
-It is absolutely essential that you continue.
-You have no other choice, you must go on.”

The Yale senior-year psychology majors were polled prior to the experiment as to the percentage of those participating that would give the full electrical shock. They gave a 1.2% estimate….
Do you know what the actual percentage was of those WILLING to give the maximum voltage? Do know what the maximum voltage was that they thought they were giving?
………..the experiment proved to show 65% would give the full electrical shock of 450 VOLTS!!!

The point being SingingLass that we as humans given a certain environment can act against our own morals and ethics when we are put in a certain situation and instructed by an Authoritarian type figure that it is fine. If you read the description of an Authoritarian it reads just like KIMMER



One Response

  1. Excellent point about Milgram’s experiment! I’d forgotten about that, but it is very applicable here.

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