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The Infamous Conformity Experiments – A Meaningful Interpretation

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Three infamous conformity experiments were performed in the second half of the 20th century. While the conclusions of the experiments tried to say something about humans’ tendency to conform, it seems nothing meaningful was said about what underlies this tendency: a search for meaning.

The experiments

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The Asch Experiment
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The Milgram Experiment
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The Stanford Prison Experiment
Out of 50 or more outsiders who had seen the prison, only one ever questioned its morality. Click to read more…

A lesser-known fact about the Stanford prison experiment is that, according to Professor Philip Zimbardo, who led the research team, out of 50 or more outsiders who had seen the prison, including friends and family of the pretend prisoners, only one ever questioned its morality. According to Zimbardo, the visitors “became bit players in our prison drama, being good middle-class adults”. It was Christina Maslach, a recent Stanford Ph.D. brought in to conduct interviews with the guards and prisoners, who questioned the morality of the experiment. Her objection to what she saw led to the premature termination of the experiment.

What Was Made Out of It?

Why Do We Conform?

Why Do Many of Us Have a Weak Sense of Self and Meaning?

We Tend to Conform to Conformity, We Shouldn’t


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