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Social influence is when the actions or thoughts of individual(s) are changed by other individual(s). Examples of social influence can be seen in socialization and peer pressure. This article belongs in one or more categories. ... Peer pressure comprises a set of group dynamics whereby a group in which one feels comfortable may override personal habits, individual moral inhibitions or idiosyncratic desires to impose a group norm of attitudes and/or behaviors. ...


In the case of peer pressure, a person might be forced into doing something (such as going to an opera) he might not like but is "necessary" to upkeep the positive relationship with the other party, such as the family of their partner. The person could agree to the offering even if he hated it because of many reasons; maybe he is the possible inheritor of the family/person that asks him to come to the opera, the family could want to evaluate the person before letting their son/daughter get married with him/her, etc.


Social influence can also be described by the word power, which means to possess the ability to embrace a person/group of people to one's own will. Usually people of good genes (looks), significant sums of money, good jobs and so on will possess social influence on other, "ordinary" people. So even if the person doesn't possess any "real" or political power but possessed the things listed above (good looks, money, etc.), he could persuade other people into doing/saying something. Sociologists usually define power as the ability to impose ones will on others, even if those others resist in some way. ...


An example would be movie stars, who don't (usually) possess any political power but are familiar to many of the world's citizens and therefore possess social status. They get a lot of media coverage, they are admired in television shows and they have many enthusiastic fans.


There are 3 components of social influence. They are:

  1. Conformity : It is a type of social influence in which individuals change their attitudes or behaviour in order to adhere to existing social norms.
  2. Compliance : A form of social influence involving direct request from one person to another.
  3. Obedience : A form of social influence in which one person obeys direct orders from another to perform some action(s).

External links

  • 5 Ways to be Influential Article is on a Canadian politics website.

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Social influence - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (373 words)
Social influence is when the actions or thoughts of individual(s) are changed by other individual(s).
Social influence can also be described by the word power, which means to possess the ability to embrace a person/group of people to one's own will.
Conformity : It is a type of social influence in which individuals change their attitudes or behaviour in order to adhere to existing social norms.
Social psychology - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (288 words)
Social Psychology is usually considered a subfield of either psychology or sociology, though there are differences depending on which discipline is being referring to.
Psychologists who study social psychology tend to take an approach to human social behavior which emphasizes factors within the person (cognition, affect, motives, neurophysiology, and personality traits) and in the immediate social environment, as well as interactions between these two.
Sociologists who study social psychology tend to emphasize processes outside of the person at a more distant macro-level, such as social structure and a more immediate micro-level, such as social interaction.
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