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6. Chameleon personalities

6. Chameleon personalities  

Andrew Robinson

in Genius: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Feb 2011
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191778056
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199594405.003.0006
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chapter
ISBN: 
9780199594405
6. Chameleon personalities
4. Obedience, oppression, and aggression

4. Obedience, oppression, and aggression  

Richard J. Crisp

in Social Psychology: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Aug 2015
Published Online: 
Aug 2015
eISBN: 
9780191783319
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198715511.003.0004
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chapter
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9780198715511
4. Obedience, oppression, and aggression Why do good people do bad things? Continuing on from the discussion of conformity, in this chapter I’ll talk about a particularly pernicious form of social influence: obedience to authority. I’ll show how social power and the situation interact to compel normal people to behave in extraordinarily bad ways. I’ll then extend this discussion to look more generally at the nature of social oppression. Is there is a ‘prejudiced’ personality, and are some people just predisposed towards aggression and intolerance towards minorities? I’ll show that while some people are more prejudiced than others, this cannot

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