Obedience: social-psychological factors


Legitimacy of authority - 

·       Most societies are structured in a hierarchical way.

·       People in certain positions hold authority over us, the authority they have is legitimate in the sense it is agreed by society.

·       Unbeneficial because some people are granted the power to punish others and we just trust that they exercise their authority appropriately.

Destructive authority - 

·       Legitimate authority figures using their legitimate powers for destructive purposes (i.e. Hitler)

Agentic state - 

·       Milgrams German hypothesis that sparked his initial interest in obedience led to Milgram proposing that obedience to


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