Stanley Milgram's The Perils Of Obedience: Review

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The Perils of Obedience Review the structure of social life as one can point to These experiments started three months after the trial of the Nazi war criminals in WWII. Milgram also tells us that “authority is ancient as old as the story of Abraham” (White, Billings. Pg.691). He wants us to look deep inside of ourselves and wants us to see how we obey the commands we do, against our better judgment. Stanley Milgram a Yale University psychologist, who does a series of social psychology experiments to measure willingness, and study how participants obey under pressure. Milgram’s experiments showed the world that an ordinary citizen will inflict pain on another person simply because he was ordered to by an experimental scientist.…show more content…
Most teachers paused at 135 volts and then began to question the purpose of the experiment. Most learners banged on the walls after several high shocks, the subjects wanted to stop after hearing the screams of pain coming from the learner. Most subjects still continued after being told they were not to be held responsible if anything happens to the learner, and same subjects began to laugh nervously and exhibit extreme signs of stress. Milgram also explains “the ordinary person who shocked the victim did so out of a sense of obligation, an impression of his duties as a subject, and not from any peculiarly aggressive tendencies” (White, Billings. Pg.699). The subjects had no satisfaction from inflicting pain but they often liked the feeling they got from experimenter. They were proud of doing a good job, obeying the experimenter under difficult circumstances. Milgram experiment report also tells us that 30 percent of the subjects were willing to deliver 450 volts to the learners; this percentage was higher then what Milgram had predicted. Although Milgram did not threaten the subjects with punishment, jail, loss of income, or life for failure to obeying his orders, but the experiment’s authority was much less than what soldiers face from a general in warfare. Despite with all the limitations Milgrams still managed to discourage the teachers and commanded there

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