Social Influences in Everyday Life

  • Resisting obedience and conformity
  • Locus of control
  • Attributional style
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Social Influences in Everyday Life
1 . Resist obedience - Having allies - Milgram
- Seeing consequences - Milgram
- Morally significant - Kohlberg
- Educational history - Milgram
- Religious views - Milgram
- Heroically - Nelson Mandella
2. Resist Conformity - Having allies - Asch
- Morally significant - Asch
- Personality - Nail et al
- Gender - women more likely
3. Locus of control - Refers to one's perception of personal control over one's own behaviour.
Internal = have control, more likely to be a leader
External = other factors affect behaviour, out of control, how more people are now due to
social changes
Men more likely to be internals
4. Attributional style - a thinking style about how people attribute/explain why they experience a
certain event. Three components: Personal, Permanent and Pervasive. People who blame
themselves for negative events see problems and non-changeable and affecting other areas of
lives too have a negative attributional style. More optimistic people have a positive attributional
style.
Positive attributional style is more likely to lead to independent behaviour because person
sees the problem as not lasting
Students less happy at school who didn't achieve well = lower positive attributional style and
highest on negative attributional style compared to studious student.

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