Agentic State Imagery

Agentic State Imagery

Can’t Blame ‘em right?

The agentic state theory suggests, wherein, as per Milgram, the essence of obedience consists in the fact that a person comes to view himself as the instrument for carrying out another person’s wishes, and he therefore no longer sees himself as responsible for his actions. Once this critical shift of viewpoint has occurred in the person, all of the essential features of obedience follow.

I have never been a big proponent on denying self accountability & responsibility for one’s actions; you know when you hear, “Its not Jimmy’s fault that he robbed the bank, his friends made him do it” – I always kind of denied those explanations, however with everything in life, their seems to be a multi-causal reason for everyone’s actions. Many constant & variable factors can influence anyone or anything – and when dealing with peer pressure and the psychology of groups & group behaviors, the Agentic state theory may play a pivotal role in explaining some behaviors.

So let’s play blame the group or the individual?

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