Obedience: Shame Or Pride? Essay

1055 words - 5 pages

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...

Find Another Essay On Obedience: Shame or pride?

Antigone Essay

1912 words - 8 pages from one that is inferior.The principle of pride is explored through ?Antigone?. Pride in the Greek culture is characterized in either strength or one?s self-destruction. Creon, being a new king, wants to prove his abilities as one. He is being harsh, so the people of Thebes don?t take him for an easy king which leads to other problems arising. Creon feels that if someone dishonors the city in which he rules they must be punished. If Polyneices is

Eating Disorders: Just Dying to be Perfect

5610 words - 22 pages women may feel ashamed on many occasions. They may be ashamed of their desire for food, ashamed when they feel they have not met other’s expectations, and ashamed of using such severe methods to say thin. Frank (1991) found that women with eating disorders experience more shame and guilt in relation to eating than do either normal or depressed women. She concluded that shame and guilt differentiate eating pathology from other forms of

The Crucible

1300 words - 5 pages next to John. She makes the whole town believe that there are witches among the town and Reverend Hale believes that it is his duty to eliminate these witches. Trials are made, and innocent people are accused for stupid reasons, excessive pride being one of them, but then, the people that are accused have the choice of dying with dignity and pride, or live by falsely confessing to witchcraft. Throughout the book The Crucible, excessive pride is

Obedience As the Means to a Peaceful Life

1648 words - 7 pages out of the realm of their responsibility. The teacher was satisfied that he had done his job to the best of his ability which enabled the teacher to come to terms with the harrowing series events in which he played a role. His obedience brought him peace, or at least peace of mind. As both Milgram and Zimbardo illustrate by a scientific approach, the literary work by George Orwell 1984 also demonstrates obedience as a role response; that the

A Distance to Travel

1064 words - 4 pages end it shall all bemade equal by law.1776 to 1920, it almost seemed as if nothing was going to change. Therewere times of silence and times of uproar, but in the end it was the final poll callwhich told the stories whole. There were those who fought and there are thosewho stand to vote, we in the present shall remember the past only to live ourfutures under the same laws of justice. To the Nineteenth Amendment there ishonor, obedience, and pride

Pride as a Crime in the Crucible

920 words - 4 pages Many people take much pride in numerous things some being: their job, family, political views, even as much as in their favorite sport. People make mistakes big and small, but it is how one deals with the situation and the mistake, that shows the morality in a person, and shows who he or she may be. “The only crime is pride,” Sophocles, is still held to be true; for instance, pride itself can cloud a persons’ mind and caused him or her to commit

Society, Shame, and Savagery

1120 words - 5 pages Gilligan uses his experience as a director of mental health for the Massachusetts prison to determine that “the basic psychological motive, or cause, of violent behavior is the wish to ward off or eliminate the feeling of shame and humiliation…and replace it with its opposite, the feeling of pride” (Gilligan, 60). Crucial to Gilligan's idea is that violence springs from psychopathological roots of hidden shame and that our societal systems are the

Antigone

2564 words - 10 pages clearly shown such as when he informs the city of their earnest obedience to him and the State. “This is my command, and you can see the wisdom behind it” (197). Creon refers constantly throughout the play of his intellectual wisdom and how the people must rely on it. Creon also calls himself the State (221). This is a true example of Creon’s pride carrying him quite far, calling himself the State. Creon discloses to the reader that the state

Dangerous Emotions

991 words - 4 pages Human emotions incite complex reactions that are often difficult to control. Even feelings that seem conventional or puerile have the ability to transform an ordinary situation into a treacherous one. In The Scarlet Ibis by James Hurst, Brother struggles with humiliation towards his younger, crippled brother, Doodle. After teaching Doodle to walk, his pride impels him to help Doodle acquire other skills he needs to function in society. However

Good and Evil in Greek Mythology

1233 words - 5 pages their glory or shame, they are to stand and fight through anything. For example, when Paris marches his battalion towards Menelaos’ troops, he cowers behind his ranks, and when he does Hector begins to yell, “Damn you, Paris, you handsome woman-hunter, you seducer! I wish you had never been born, I wish you had died unwedded! Yes, I wish that! And it would have been much better than to be a public pest, a thing of contempt,” (Homer). Hector is

Pride and the Tragic Hero in Oedipus Rex and Othello

1225 words - 5 pages , and his pride is what truly motivates his desire for revenge. Pride becomes the fertile ground in both Oedipus and Othello for the seeds of their destruction and ruin. Although the details vary, Oedipus and Othello both suffer great shame and loss because of the pride within their hearts. Oedipus' pride is turned to shame as his murder of his father and his incestuous relationship with his mother are brought to light. Then he begins to lose

Similar Essays

“Boys And Girls” Analysis

1169 words - 5 pages Moral Problem (DPMP).” The narrator of “Boys and Girls” goes through different phases of obedience due to her “authoritarian and humanistic conscience” (Fromm 10). Also, by being disobedient she has control of her own authorities. “Humanistic conscience” stops her from doing something inhuman and or from being guilty; it’s the inner voice. As well as her comfort levels and the changes of her obedience impact her much to her surprise. The young girl

Paradise Lost Explication Essay

1314 words - 5 pages subconsciously of Heaven and to forget their Hell, or to disorient their feelings for both.4. Satan is jealous and envious of the hierarchy in Heaven, he believes that he deserves to be at God's right hand. In fact, he believed that he could even beat God at his own games until God corrected him and threw him into Hell. He feels as though God has tricked and deceived him and that for all of the shame he now has that he should strike back at God in order to

Pride Essay

671 words - 3 pages better just winning sets limits. Without a healthy self-worth, the child feels inferior and shame. When a child feels proud of their accomplishments, they feel good about themself. This will encourage the child to continue to perform at his best. Praise for accomplishments fosters pride. Praise can come from a parent, friend, teacher, or even one self. It is also important to teach the child to value pride. If the child becomes conceited or arrogant

Othello Vs. Othello Essay

1011 words - 5 pages Pride, or the inflated sense of oneself or one’s abilities, is a common shortcoming associated with human nature, although it is often subtle and hard to detect. Individuals or characters would never truly consider themselves prideful, as a result of this characteristic, until confronted with the tragedy or consequences of this resulting, often when it is too late. Sophocles and Shakespeare both address this dilemma in their plays Oedipus and