Agency Theory


Agency Theory Of Obedience

  • Milgram argued that people tend to obey authority figures in order to maintain a stable society.
  • To maintain a stable society we must give up some of our free will to follow certain social rules so as a result have evolved two states: the Agentic State and the Autonomous State.

Agentic State

  • Is a state of feeling controlled by an authoritive figure, and therefore lacking responsibility for our actions. 

Autonomous State

  • Is when we are free to take responsibility for our actions, are free thinking, listen to our conscience and accept the consequences of our actions.

Agentic Shift

  • Is when we move between thinking autonomously and obeying an authority figure.
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