Group Pressure and Group Influence: Conformism, Non-Conformism and Self-Determination



The article addresses the relation between 'personal' and 'group' in the context of the group pressure topic. As it is shown both on the level of concepts and problems, regarding conformism and non-conformism as totally opposed alternatives would be inaccurate: the real alternative to both phenomena is genuine self-determination. Basing upon A. V. Petrovsky's theory of activity mediation of interpersonal relation- ships, as well as on the evidence provided in Russian and foreign studies, the article reveals that the only reliable and socially productive trajectory of personality development is one's consequent, activity conditioned self-determination aimed at successful integration in the open society.

General Information

Keywords: conformism, non-conformism/negativism, self-determination, group pressure, group influence

Journal rubric: Theoretical Research

Article type: scientific article

For citation: Ilyin V.A., Kondratyev M.Y. Group Pressure and Group Influence: Conformism, Non-Conformism and Self-Determination. Sotsial'naya psikhologiya i obshchestvo = Social Psychology and Society, 2012. Vol. 3, no. 1, pp. 44–58. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Information About the Authors

Valery A. Ilyin, Doctor of Psychology, Professor, Professor of the Department of Social Pedagogy and Psychology, Moscow Pedagogical State University, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:

Mikhail Y. Kondratyev, Doctor of Psychology, professor, Dean of the Faculty of Social Psychology (1998-2013), Moscow State University of Psychology & Education, Corresponding member of the Russian Academy of Education, Moscow, Russia



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