Conformity and Obedience: Slippery Slope to Dehumanization of the Other

The social consequences of conformity and obedience of a group to it’s authority figures. Conformity and obedience to a group (be it a nation, an ethnic or religious group, a company or a family etc.) are acts of loyalty, which, when acted out of consciousness is a slippery slope to the dehumanization of other people who are not part of the group, e.g ethnic minorities, foreign workers, etc.

What must we learn the extreme example of dehumanization? Kelman, a survivor of the Holocaust writes the steps that has led to atrocities:


Kelman, H. C. (2016). Resolving Deep-rooted Conflicts: Essays on the Theory and Practice of Interactive Problem-solving. Routledge.

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