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Individuality or Bust Due to the various interesting topics we have discussed in psychology class I find it hard to pick one topic of discussion But there are several topics in particular about which I have mixed feelings Though they are all very unique topics on their own they for some reason compliment each other well From what we learned in class and through readings the issues I will discuss are alarming and a bit disturbing to me These topics are obedience the lack of altruism and helping in our society conformity mental illnesses and suicides Obedience can be seen in the earliest cultures known to man from King Herod ordering soldiers to kill baby boys who were two years of age or younger to present day where such travesties as Wako and Heavens Gate Perhaps the most amazing feat of mass obedience was in World War II when Hitler controlled his soldiers and followers to kill over six million people This is indeed a horrifying thought- but it is not just a thought it is reality In a study conducted by Stanley Milgram subjects were told they were a factor in a learning experiment of another subject Whenever the learning subject answered incorrectly to the posed question the real subject would be instructed to send an electrical shock to the learner As the experiment continued the subject would distribute higher voltages of electricity even to fatal dosages But unknown to the subject the learner was an actor and the experiment was not about learning but of obedience The subject could stop the experiment at any time he she 2 desired but very few did Actually sixty-five percent of the subjects continued the
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