Conformity occurs when a person alters his or her beliefs, attitudesor behaviors to align them with the expectations of a group that heor she identifies with. Notably, the person’s private wishes mightbe contrary to the expectations of the group (Sternberg and Todd104). Conformity occurs in small groups or even in communities.People tend to conform because of the social pressure from the groupmembers and the fear of social rejection.
Thesis: Whereas some of the behaviors and attitudes associatedwith some groups might be morally unacceptable, individuals arecoerced to conform to avoid social rejection.
There are instances where a person is likely to conform tothe demands of specific groups. For instance, a person is likely toconform when he or she trying to acquire vital information (Sternbergand Todd 63). Undercover police officers may conform to the demandsof illegal social groups such as gangs in order to gather informationrelating to criminal activities. Gender is another reason that makespeople to conform. Primarily, there are behaviors or attitudes thatare associated with particular genders. In instances where unanimityis required to make a decision, a person is likely to conform.
Before someone conforms to the demands of a particular group, it isessential to consider a number of factors. However, the primarydeterminant for conformity should the legality of the activities ofthe social group and the end result (Sternberg and Todd 98). It isplausible to conform only when group’s activities and mission arelegal and promising respectively.
While concluding, it is important to know that conformity can leadto negative effects or outcomes when the group’s activities areillegal. Furthermore, the decision to conform must be well-thoughtout. However, it is essential to conform when the mission is togather information that would otherwise be unavailable to non-membersof the social group.
Sternberg, Robert and Todd, Lubart. Defying the Crowd:Cultivating Creativity in a Culture of Conformity.New York: Free Press, 2012. Print.