Sue (pushoffsidewalk) wrote in ntpersonality,

Peer Pressure

Have a look at the figure below. Compare the line on the left with the three lines on the right: A, B & C. Which of these three lines is the same length as the lonesome line on the left?

Asch Lines

It's obviously C. And yet in a classic psychology experiment conducted in the 1950s, 76% of people denied their own senses at least once, choosing either A or B. What kind of strong-arm psychological pressure tactics made them do this?

The fascinating thing about this experiment was that its creator, renowned psychologist Solomon Asch, set out to prove the exact opposite. A previous experiment by Muzafer Sherif (see his well-known Robbers Cave experiment) had found that when people were faced with making a judgement on an ambiguous test, they used other people's judgements as a reference point.

This makes perfect sense. If I'm not sure about something, I'll check with someone else. But this is only when I'm not sure. The situation is quite different when I have unambiguous information, such as when I can clearly see the answer myself. Other people's judgement should then have no effect - or at least that's what Asch thought.

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MY question: Do you believe that a "T" function would be less susceptible to this type of conformity, as opposed to the "F" function?

Or what about in regards to the other types, like the extravert possibly being more susceptible to this type of conformity as opposed to the introvert? Or perhaps the intuitive is more susceptible as opposed to the sensate?

I'm going to guess that the "T" versus "F" function plays the biggest role in tendency toward this type of social conformity.


(x-posted to [info]infj and [info]typers and

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