Groupthink

Want to see how people will change to fit in? In 1962, groundbreaking social psychologist Solomon Asch teamed up with the television show Candid Camera to demonstrate how quickly a basic social norm (how people stand in an elevator) could be reversed using group conformity. Just imagine all the behaviors and beliefs you could get tricked into following, via the power of social pressure. (The elevator experiment was still effective when replicated in the present day on the University of South Florida campus.)


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I won’t spoil how the end of this episode is tied into an appropriate ’80s film classic (Hint: a sequel to that film is coming out later this year) … this is a great metaphor for how the internal workings of such a system is (I guess : ) once you do remove yourself.

Good luck on that, folks.

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