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What is Conformity?

What is Conformity?


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What is Conformity?

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What is conformity?

  • Conformity is a type of social influence involving a change in belief or behavior in order to fit in with a group.
  • This change is in response to real or imagined (involving the pressure of social norms/expectations) group pressure.
  • It is also known as majority influence (or group pressure).
  • The term conformity is often used to indicate an agreement to the majority position.


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This occurs when an individual accepts influence because he hopes to achieve a favorable reaction from another person or group.

He adopts the induced behavior because he expects to gain specific rewards or approval.


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  • This occurs when an individual accepts influence because the content of the induced behavior - the ideas and actions of which it is composed - is intrinsically rewarding.
  • Internalization always involves public and private conformity. A person publicly changes their behavior to fit in with the group, while also agreeing with them privately.


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This occurs 'when an individual accepts influence because he wants to establish or maintain a satisfying self-defining relationship to another person or group'.


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This type of conformity usually involves compliance - where a person publicly accepts the views of a group but privately rejects them.

It is often because the person wants to fit in with the group and is scared of being rejected by the group.


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It happens when  a person lacks knowledge and looks to the group for guidance.


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