Learner Alliance

We read the world; we read the word; and then we make the world one project at a time.


Do We Really Have The Power Over Our-self?

Problem or Situation Addressed

the situation is our authority has the power over us because they have something we need or want. So we do what we are told because they have that power over us.

Theoretical Ideas 

#1 Sociological Idea: Empathic Cues vs. Abstraction

Related Aspect Of The Phenomenon: Joan Halifax stated in her ted talk talking about how she visited India in a hospice. 31 men and women were actively dying but we don’t realize that this can happen to us because we don’t see it in our everyday life. Just like the example if we are chosen to electrocute someone behind a wall we are more likely to agree because we are not seeing how this is affecting the person it is being done to.

URL: https://www.ted.com/talks/joan_halifax

#2 Sociological Idea: Deniable Victimization

Related Aspect Of The Phenomenon: Leslie Steiner stated in her ted talk that she was domestically abused by her boyfriend. But she was later told that the boyfriend was abused by his father. So my opinion is that the boyfriend wanted to forget about his abuse by causing pain to others.

URL: https://www.ted.com/talks/leslie_morgan_steiner_why_domestic_violence_victims_don_t_leave

#3 Sociological Idea: Reciprocal Fields

Related Aspect Of The Phenomenon: Frans de Waal states in his ted talk is that all humans have evil in their Genes. But when we are faced with our evil doings we are more likely to stop what we are doing and contemplate on what are we doing this to cause pain to a person.

URL: http://www.ted.com/talks/frans_de_waal_do_animals_have_morals

#4 Sociological Idea: Cause-Effect Phenomenal Separation

Related Aspect Of The Phenomenon: Nicholas talks about in his ted talk is his example was that hanging around the same body type of person leads to your body size. Weight gain, weight loss, etc. but what about separation? Our emotions are displayed on each other’s face. If we see someone smile, we will smile. So if we separate the unhappy person being electrocuted with a wall and the authority is happy that the person that is electrocuting the unhappy person. The electrocautery is more likely to continue because of the emotion on the authorities face.

URL: https://www.ted.com/talks/nicholas_christakis_the_hidden_influence_of_social_networks

#5 Sociological Idea: Us-vs.-Them Group Formation

Related Aspect Of The Phenomenon: the groups we hang out with we create an intimate relationship with the person. And we are separated from the people that we don’t hang out with we are more likely to not care what they are going through but when you put all the people that are going through the same thing and is being controlled by the same person it is easier to understand and revolt against the authority. If you destroy the us vs them format it shifts attitudes it starts to blur the lines of us vs them. Cop and convict. The If project.

URL: http://tedxtalks.ted.com/video/Us-Versus-Them-Kim-Bogucki-TEDx

#6 Sociological Idea: Impress Authority, Neglect Victim

Related Aspect Of The Phenomenon: when we are performing in front of authority we try and impress then. Whether it be to keep our job or to let them know I want you to see my best of the best. But we tend to forget about our victim. We focus so much on our boss rather than the person that is helping you impress the boss which is the victim being hurt. Guy Winch states in his ted talk is why do we create the perfect physical type to impress others and forget about our psychological pain. We are lonely I was disconnected from my twin brother. And I was lonely and you can’t treat a psychological wound if you don’t know if you have it. We have setbacks to our failure.

URL: https://www.ted.com/talks/guy_winch_the_case_for_emotional_hygiene

#7 Sociological Idea: Undermine Instead of Break Off

Related Aspect Of The Phenomenon: we understanding that we cause pain to people even though we do not mean to. We also know that if someone isn’t over our shoulder when we are distributing pain we are more likely to pretend we are giving more pain than what we really are because we know it is wrong to cause someone pain. Jeff fox that we are locked into a single role and being defined as that role. So the pain giver was locked into the role of causing pain but what if the authority is not watching. do you get out of the role and think for yourself? And say hey I am causing pain I need to stop but you don’t because you are fit into this role of being dictated to do this and only this.

URL: http://www.ted.com/talks/trevor_copp_jeff_fox_ballroom_dance_that_breaks_gender_roles

#8 Sociological Idea: Context-specific obedience

Related Aspect Of The Phenomenon: Philip Zimbardo states in his ted talk is that the people that could be bad or good is not the problem but the institution is. If you want to know the problem, you have to know where the problem is. He ends up stating that I am nor a good person or a bad person it only depends on the circumstances. When the “teachers” finally hear the screams. The people try and be a good person and say I’m not doing this who is responsible if he dies. The authority will take the responsibility the people are more likely to continue because the death is not on their hands. So Milgram is quantifying evil as the willingness of people to blindly obey authority, to go all the way to 450 volts. And it’s like a dial on human nature. A dial in a sense that you can make almost everybody totally obedient, down to the majority, down to none.

URL: https://www.ted.com/talks/philip_zimbardo_on_the_psychology_of_evil#t-75770

#9 Sociological Idea: Dysphoric Engagement, Difficult Disengagement

Related Aspect Of The Phenomenon: when people are given a command they are bound to this command they are trapped in this with no way out. They are thinking I have to do this because it has control over me. Dave Meslin states in his ted talk is that authority doesn’t want us to have control of our own voices because they want all the control. They think we have control by telling us about the stuff but puts how to fix it in small print to where it is too much trouble to fix the problem. Just like with the Milgram experiment the we believe the scientist is giving us a chose to shock them or not but actually they have control over us.

URL: https://www.ted.com/talks/dave_meslin_the_antidote_to_apathy


Theory-to-Project Relation

I wanted to show from the mind point of view what we really have. We are more likely to be manipulated and controlled rather than have power over yourself.

How did you make it?

I created a man with his brain out and open and color labeled and had labeled self-control, obedience, and manipulation

Advice to Others

maybe instead of using videos to explain the ideas use real examples.


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