Obedience in Action Obedience is a form of social influence that involves performing an action under the orders of an authority figure. It differs from compliance which involves changing your behavior at the request of another person and conformity which involves altering your behavior in order to go along with the rest of the group. Instead, obedience involves altering your behavior because a figure of authority has told you to. Obedience is obeying someone with a higher status; conformity is going along with people of equal status. Obedience relies on social power; conformity relies on the need to be socially accepted. Asch's work had demonstrated that people could easily be swayed to conform to group pressure, but Milgram wanted to see just how far people would be willing to go.
Acquire me out of here. Let me out of here. Let me absent. Do you hear?