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Intelligent Disobedience by Philip Zimbardo, Ira Chaleff

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CHAPTER SEVEN

Changing the Dynamics

“When an individual wishes to stand in opposition to authority, he does best to find support for his position from others in his group.”1

STANLEY MILGRAM

IN HIS BOOK Obedience to Authority, Milgram notes:

The crux of the study is to vary the factors believed to alter the degree of obedience to the experimental commands and to learn under what conditions submission to authority is most probable and under what conditions defiance is brought to the fore.2

In the many years I have talked about the Milgram experiments with those professionals and managers who were familiar with them, I have never heard this emphasis. Milgram scholars know about the variations, but there has been a failure to effectively disseminate ...

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