Agentic state and legitimacy of authority

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Milgram described the agentic state as when we see ourselves "as an agent carrying out another person's wishes", as opposed to the autonomous state, where we see ourselves as being responsible for our behaviour.

Agentic shift occurs when we move from the autonomous state to the agentic state, it can occur as a way of maintaining positive self image, if responsibility is passed on to others, our self image is unaffected.

For authority to be viewed as legitimate,it must occur within an institutional  structure,in Milgram's studies, it was the category of the institution which was perceived to be legitimate not the university itself.




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