This essay is about the film ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST it explains several social psychological theories and influencing behaviours

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The film One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest directed by Milos Forman exemplifies several social psychological theories and influencing behaviours. This film focuses on Mc Murphy's problems about obedience and conforming, nurse Ratched's problems with disobedient and nonconformist people and also the situational forces that are affecting the person's behaviours. The film highlights elements which contribute to all three types of social influence: conformity, compliance and obedience

One example that has links with conformity is being not unique in the society. Mc Murphy who is called Mac represents a character does like he pleases. This means he likes to do anything he wants. That behaviour has link with individual characteristic that do not obey the rules accepted by the society. A conformist person or someone follows the rules accepted by society or a group would not do such that things because they do not want to be labelled as a nonconformist or unique.

Unique person means for conformists he or she is externalised from the society. As a result of that conformist people afraid of being unique because they need social supports that help them to show their ideas. As a watcher people can understand from the film that Mac Murphy does not afraid of such things. He brakes the rules oppose the social norms and people can label him as a disobedient or nonconformist.

The social learning theory of shaping others behaviours helps people, who are labelled as disobedient, to change the behaviours of others who can create problems for them. This attitude has a relationship with obedience because people are obeying the social norms. On the other hand people who use this method are not only obeying rules they are also shaping others behaviours. This behaviour is mostly used for to get better conditions and to make people...