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Ingroup Critics and Their Influence on Groups
Ingroup critics and their influence on groups
Matthew J.Hornsey

Social psychology has much to say about how groups and systems can shape the attitudes, values, and behaviours of individuals. Furthermore, a cursory glance at an introductory textbook will lead us to believe that the influence is mostly for the worst. For example, Le Bon (1908) spoke of the power of crowds to reduce individuals to barbaric savages acting on instinct and stripped of civilizing influences. Milgram (1974) showed that, when asked to perform an act of cruelty on another person, people were prepared to obey the authority figure even though this caused them (and ostensibly their victims) great distress. Zimbardo showed that group norms can encourage ordinary people to behave ...

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