Milgram - Agencey Theory

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Milgrams research lead to the development of Agencey Theory as a way of explaining obidience. Milgram proposed that human behaviour evolved to include the tendencey to obey because rule-based behaviour enable stability in a complex human society.

Behaviour consists of two opposing states:

  • Automous state: Where we use our free will and take responsibility for our actions
  • Agentic state: Where we act on behalf of another


One key aspect of this theory is that…


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