Would You Conform To What You Know Is Wrong, Out of Fear of Standing Alone (Watch)

odd man out*OK, this is going to be quick!

An experiment featured in Scientific American reached a conclusion that says people conform because its uncomfortable being the “odd” person in the room.

Plain and simple: If there is an obvious red balloon in the room, but everyone else says its pink, you’re going to say its pink too. Why? Because you’re a chicken, that’s why.

Read on.

To prove the point, the experiment consisted of a group who was shown three lines, and asked to choose lines that were comparable or identical. 99% of the participants chose what they were supposed to choose – “the wrong answer” – because after all, they had one thing in common: they were actors.

But the one real person, who had no idea that the others were in cahoots with the experiment, and knew for a fact that their answer was wrong, STILL CHOSE IT!


See the video below. Can you see yourself in this “odd man out” situation. Be honest now. And let’s go a bit deeper: Do you go along with the crowd versus standing on your own. Why? No judgment here. Your logic can help others.

Thanks to Salon.com for this information

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *