Minority Influence: 12 Angry Men Psychlolgy Essay

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12 Angry Men reportCharlotte Driver
The film is about a jury, inclusive of 12 men, who have to make the decision of whether or not a boy is guilty after being charged for murdering his own father. There was a huge pressure to conform because of the illusion of unanimity of eleven out of the twelve jurors, who believed the boy was guilty. One of the jurors, played by Henry Fonda, didn’t comply with the majority and voted the boy not guilty. This gets the jurors to start re-examine the evidence and give the conforming majority a chance to doubt themselves. Eventually, through consistent arguing and a genuine belief that the boy is innocent, the jurors change their opinions one by one. As the minority voting not guilty increases, a snowball effect is created until all 12 jurors vote not guilty. However, for the minority influence to be successful, there are five factors that need to be present: consistency, flexibility, commitment, snowball effect and conversion.
Consistency
The main character (Henry Fonda), the leader of the minority, remained consistent on his view against the majority. He always stood firm on this belief that the boy isn’t guilty even with the immense pressure to conform. The fact that he is willing to stand up against the majority and even face ridicule makes people believe he must have some important points to make, which makes them think more deeply about the issue. This type of consistency can lead to other...

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