By Renée Grinnell

One’s willingness to comply with the commands, orders, or instructions of those in authority.

Example: In a series of famous experiments in the 1960s, social pychologist Stanley Milgram demonstrated that a surprisingly high number of people would administer high-voltage electric shocks to another person (an actor who was not actually hurt) when commanded to do so by an authority figure.

    Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 17 Feb 2009