Obedience

Coercion       
Stanley Milgram  Sound files   Just Say No!  Malama
I posted the following quote on my Just Say No webpage, but it bears repeating:

"The Terrific Twos mark the beginning (where a child begins separating from its parents). In this period a child learns that his name is "Don't". The child starts saying "No" and this is wonderful. If we would allow children to say no the way nature and God designed it, we wouldn't have as many molested children and we wouldn't have to have a national campaign trying to teach teenagers to just say "no". Child molesters are like hunters going after prey. They know to look for the most needy and the most obedient child on the playground"(Bradshaw, 1988).

Tyrants and dictators, like Hitler and Milosevic like obedient people too!

Indeed, so does any sort of leader: military, political, religious.

Even parents and teachers like obedient children!

You too?

There are problems with obedience however. Read the story on my coercion webpage.


Recently, my wife found a copy of the Hawaiian Values List circulating around in the schools. Someone had generated the list, but it had no attribution, and there were also new words written in on the bottom, some of which could not be read, since this too was a copy. In any case, I immediately put the whole list up, but then I came to the word: "Obedience." I was thinking of deleting this word, but after discussing this with my wife, we came to the conclusion that it would not be right. But, now I know why we came to this decision. So I could write this webpage!


There are some very interesting studies on the phenomena of obedience. The classic studies were conducted by Stanley Milgram. Check out this great site with actual sound files from the original experiment!


References:

Bradshaw, John (1988). Bradshaw on the Family, a Revolutionary Way to Self-Discovery. Deerfield Beach, FL:Health Communications, pg. 150.

Milgram, Stanley, (1974). "Obedience to authority; an experimental view." New York, Harper & Row.

Miller, Arthur G., (1986). "The obedience experiments : a case study of controversy in social science, New York : Praeger, 295 p.


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