Obedience: Shame Or Pride? Essay

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The essence of obedience is that a person comes to view himself as the instrument for carrying out another person’s wishes, and he therefore no longer regards himself as responsible for his action. The most far researching consequence is that the person feels responsible to the authority directing him but feels no responsibility for the content of the actions that the authority prescribes. Molarity does not disappear; the subordinate person feels shame or pride depending on how adequately he has performed the actions called by authority. The results collected from the experiment were unquestionable, Milgram’s study and experiment on obedience was somewhat unethical but, it was not valid.
The experiment was somewhat unethical because the participant were lied about what they were participating in. this caused the participant little harm and stress. The experiment was unethical because the participant were emotionally stressed coming from the fact that they have to inflict pain on others, something that goes against the conscience and moral believes of the people. In Opening Skinner box, interview with one of the participant from Milgram’s experiment named Joshua chaffin, he stated “I was there. I was in the lab, and I only went to 150 volts. If I had gone any higher, believe me, I wouldn’t be here talking to you right now, that would be between me and my psychiatrist” (49). This shows how experiment was emotionally harmful to the participant and how it would have given them long term emotional stress. At last Milgram’s experiment was unethical because it deceives the participant and goes against the moral believes of the people
This experiment was invalid because the laboratory is not the place to study obedience. Diana Baumrind expressed in her article “the laboratory is unfamiliar as a setting and the rules of behavior ambiguous compared to the clinician’s office. Because of the anxiety and passivity generated by the setting. The subject is more prone to behave in an obedient, suggestible manner in the laboratory than elsewhere” (“Some Thoughts on Ethics of Research” 421). Baumrind means that it’s really hard to disobey someone who is in charge of the place. For example, in schools where teacher is in charge of the whole class, all the students obey what the teacher tells them to do. Another example is take a store manager if he orders his workers to do something they would obey him more likely, but outside work where the manager doesn’t have any authority no one will obey him. This tell us that people are more likely to obey the person who is in charge of something and tend to trust them for everything because they think that the person knows better that’s why they have the authority.
Even though the experiment on obedience was unethical, however the experiment also had positive effect on people. A participant stated in his interview a year after his participation “To me, the experiment pointed up. The extent which each individual...

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