Obedience: dispositional explanations - evaluation

  • Created by: gemshort
  • Created on: 09-01-18 18:26

Weakness: the link between obedience and the authoritarian personality is only a correlation
This makes it impossible to draw the conclusion that the authoritarian personality causes disobedience - it may be that there is a third factor involved, or that both obedience and an authoritarian personality are associated with a lower level of education, for example, and are not directly linked at all. You cannot draw conclusions about the links between obedience and the authoritarian personality because the findings are only correlations

Weakness: this explanation finds it hard to explain obedient behaviour in the majority of a country's population
For example, in Germany, millions of people displayed racist, obedient behaviour despite the fact that they must have had differing personalities…


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