Most of us take pride in our individuality, but in reality, the urge to conform is powerful. The Asch experiment, performed in the 1950s, will make you wonder how truly independent your thinking is.
In the Asch experiment, a volunteer is tasked with providing an answer that is different from the answer a group gives. In most cases, the volunteer eventually falls in line and gives answers that conform to the group’s answers, even though he may believe the group’s answer is wrong. Group dynamics are one of the most powerful forces in human psychology. The Asch Experiment confirms that we are all social creatures, and our desire to fit in will cause us to sometimes form opinions that aren’t truthful.