Conformity

Conformity according to simplypsycology.org is a type of social influence involving a change in belief or behavior in order to fit in with a group. So in other words it could be considered peer pressure. This is something I know we have all started learning about back in middle school but it is really hard not to fall into it. Conformity can have two categories, the physical aspect and the psycological aspect.

The first type of conformity, the physical aspect I’m sure most of us have given in to this. It is very common in certain groups to dress a certain way. For example sororities and fraternities wear ledders on their clothing to symbolize which sorority or fraternity they support. This is also true with sports teams, they wear their team colors. But even if you aren’t a part of a certain “group,” many friends find themselves dressing the same even if they don’t mean too. This form of conformity is alot more harmless. The other form of conformity; the physical aspect, can be more dangerous at times. In many groups in today’s society and in the past, they have been brain washed to think a certain way, and then they think what they are doing is normal. Two examples from our past are the KKK and the Nazi’s. Many of them thought what they were doing wasn’t bad at all. But there are also good examples of psycological conformity. An example could be people suffering from addiction from drugs or alcohol and they go to a type of camp to change. While they are there, their thoughts are changed so they can function in their daily lives without these terrible things. They can get back to living a normal life.

We see conformity in our everyday lives and there really isn’t much we can do about it. Many business have to give in to conformity to keep their business booming and keep up with the economy today. If you just handle conformity the right way it is not a bad thing to fall into.

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