The Rules of Conformity

Some observations about conformity from PsyBlog, paraphrased:

  • More than three people in a group increases conformity
  • A single competent dissenter can drastically reduce conformity
  • We're more likely to conform when we feel we're part of the group
  • A good mood increases a propensity to conform
  • People who need "structure" are more likely to conform
  • Conformity can stem from low self-esteem
  • Less conformity in cultures that view dissent as "deviant"
  • Conformity may become obedience when an authority figure is involved
  • Urge to conform increases when we perceive a high level of consensus
  • Norm of reciprocation can lead to conformity