what is conformity?

Conformity is a social phenomenon in which, individuals adjust their behavior, attitudes, and beliefs to align with the expectations of a group.

We can say that conformity refers to the tendency to go along with the crowd, even if it goes against one’s personal beliefs or values, and thoughts.

Conformity can occur in many different situations,

such as in peer groups, social situations, and organizational contexts.

 For example

A person may conform to the opinions of their friends or colleagues, even if they disagree, to fit in or avoid social rejection.

Types of conformity

These are some major types of conformity 

Normative conformity

Normative conformity occurs when a person conforms to the thoughts or norms of a group to avoid social disapproval or gain more social acceptance.

Informational conformity

Informational conformity occurs when a person conforms to the opinions or beliefs of a group because he believes that the group have more knowledge or wisdome than he do.

While conformity can have positive effects, such as promoting social relations and cooperation,

 It can also have negative effects, such as suppressing different opinions. Therefore, it is important to be aware of the influence masses and to make decisions based on objective criteria and evidence, rather than only on the opinions or behaviors of others.

Difference between the bandwagon effect and conformity

Conformity is a broader concept that directs the bias to adjust personal behavior or attitudes to align with the norms or expectations of a group.

where the bandwagon effect is a type of conformity.

Both effects sometimes cause confusion you can read and learn the difference between conformity and the bandwagon effect.


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