agency theory

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Milgram proposed that the tendency we have to obey those that we perceive to be in authority is an evolutionary mechanism for maintaining a stable society. in a complex society social rules are needed and in sticking to these rules it requires that we give up a degree of our free will. 

in order to accomplish this we have evolved into 2 states:

the autonomous state: this is when we act as we wish, including how our conscience dictates

the agentic state: this is when we surrender our free will and conscience to those of society

in childhood we are socialised to the capacity of agentic state. for example in a classroom we are constantly subordinating our…


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