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This is a discussion on Social conditioning within the General Psychology forums, part of the Topics of Interest category; How much of our behaviour, our opinions and our decisions do you think come from social conditioning. That is to ...

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    Social conditioning

    How much of our behaviour, our opinions and our decisions do you think come from social conditioning.

    That is to say what we do/think/choose, we do because we're supposed to.



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    As someone heavily influenced by grandparents societal standards you might find it more helpful to question which generation or decades influence social norms the most.

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    I think it's a mix of generations, personality and the values each family offers a child. In which case, it's a crap shoot and you try your best to instill your values into your child and hope for the best.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DemonD View Post
    How much of our behaviour, our opinions and our decisions do you think come from social conditioning.
    Personally, none whatsoever.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DemonD View Post
    How much of our behaviour, our opinions and our decisions do you think come from social conditioning.

    That is to say what we do/think/choose, we do because we're supposed to.
    All of it,pretty much.A certain set of influences are a part of the 'proper' subset of your psychology,many of which are designed in such a way to repress,repel,filter your primal instincts.It's a cage.It's a trap.It's inherently conceptualized as a practical structure,not a question of condition.
    The indication of your character,social status is mostly based on this crap.
    The thing that cracks me up is that the population filled with this homogeneous OS work so hard at being unaware of their primal will,their instincts and repressing their empathy on the other hand.Guys aren't allowed to display any emotion other than anger; women are allowed to display every emotion except anger.People associate needs with the behaviors that follow having that need unmet; obviously, that makes for a lot of false negatives.There's no such thing as inherent self-expression.
    Thoughts are mere low-level derivatives or a little higher of normative interactions.The basic elements of cartography remain the same,but then the population haven't conquered their worlds to make this a large-scale issue,have they?
    C'mon,sociopaths aren't supposed to have to manage these things for people! See?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DemonD View Post
    How much of our behaviour, our opinions and our decisions do you think come from social conditioning.

    That is to say what we do/think/choose, we do because we're supposed to.
    In some ways, yes, and some social conditioning is unnecessary. In a lot of cases, it is necessary to setup a standard in which people can cooperate with each other and function as a society.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PowerShell View Post
    In some ways, yes, and some social conditioning is unnecessary. In a lot of cases, it is necessary to setup a standard in which people can cooperate with each other and function as a society.
    Did you just answer a question starting with "How much...?" with "In some ways, yes"?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DemonD View Post
    Did you just answer a question starting with "How much...?" with "In some ways, yes"?
    Well, how would you measure the influences? How do you gauge how much influence each has on individuals?
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    90%. If by social conditioning you not only include society as a whole but also the social conditions that someone grows up in.

    Some people may like to believe they go against the grain when it comes to certain matters and in some cases that assumption is quite valid but for the most part a large portion of our decision making is influenced by outside forces.

    I'm not saying people are incapable of making their own decisions, far from it, anyone has the capacity for rational analysis in their decision making process but to say that when making that decision that social conditioning does not have an influence would be a lie. This influence can be both positive and negative and may not ultimately fully effect the decision, but it still plays a part.

    Now of course everyone is different in the way they handle the social conditioning they have to face. Some rebel, some conform, but either way they do these things because the conditioning has effected them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DemonD View Post
    Did you just answer a question starting with "How much...?" with "In some ways, yes"?
    Ok I didn't give a percentage on it when that's kind of what you asked. I do think a good chunk (70%) of our social conditioning is needed for us to function at a standard level in society. The other 30% is outdated traditions that need to be changed.
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