Peer Response – Article Example
Peer Response al Affiliation Peer Response I strongly agree with your contention that people have tendencies to be easily swayed especially when the majority’s perception of an issue is concerned. Just like what was indicated in the Asch experiment, the reasons for conformity were aptly emphasized as follows: “they want to fit in with the group (normative influence) and because they believe the group is better informed than they are (informational influence)” (McLeod: Conclusion par. 2). In my personal opinion, I believe that the fear of being discriminated on or the fear of being made fun of because of asserting an unconventional response is stronger than sticking to what one thinks is correct. If surrounded by members of a group who asserts similar beliefs, convictions, and arguments, it is virtually easier to go with the flow than protest, complaint, or make disagreements (especially if you are alone or there is no one to back you up).
Concurrently, I also appreciate your insights regarding the concept of beauty seemingly influenced by dominant views. As such, there are stereotyped beliefs regarding physical beauty as possessing characteristics such as having a slim physique, being fair-skinned, having long silky hair, and other physical traits that models usually exhibit. As such, no concepts of inner qualities or behavioral manifestations were included in asserting how beauty should be described.
In retrospect, contemporary society has given a greater weight on what the majority says – even if the prevailing conduct or behavior is deemed ethically, morally, or legally wrong. Sadly, it would take tremendous effort and courage to counter the flow or go against the tide even if it is the right and correct path.
McLeod, Saul. "Asch Experiment." 2008. Simply Psychology. http://www.simplypsychology.org/asch-conformity.html. 24 April 2015.