Hofling’s therefore they obeyed the order. Hofling’s experiments

Hofling’s study shows that proximity is very important as it impacts on the way people act. For example, if the doctor had stated that they would be there in 1 hour then the nurse may have considered to research on what they should do. However, the fact that the doctor stated that he was going to arrive in 10 minutes I believe created pressure to the nurses and therefore they obeyed the order. Hofling’s experiments has some relevance to Milgram’s experiment as in both studies they knew that what they where doing was dangerous however carried on with the experiment because they believed they had to obey the order from the person in authority.
The results of this experiment is that Hofling’s results was a lot higher than Milgrams. 90% of Hofling result obeyed the rules of a doctor whereas only 65% obeyed the Milgrams. This shows that the higher the rank the more people obey the rules even if it meant breaking the law.
Also I believe that the reason why the nurses obeyed the order was because they were afraid of sanctions. As the order was given by a doctor to a nurse the nurses believed that they were required to follow the instruction without question because doctors are at higher rank than nurses. Furthermore, this also shows that the influences of obedience can be the level of power and rank.
This experiment links to the public services as in the uniformed public services it is mandatory for public servants to follow orders and instructions from higher ranks. For example, within the army the soldiers should obey all commands without questioning them.

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