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Unformatted text preview: Peter Somoza Indv. 101: Structure of Mind and Behavior Project #2: Breaking a Social Norm October 16, 2008 Standing Close to Someone in an Elevator In society there are a number of social norms that people abide by. When a social norm is broken people may respond with alarm, humor, fear, irritation, or an array of other emotions. Social norms are the rules that a group uses for appropriate and inappropriate values, beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors. These rules may be explicit or implicit. Failure to stick to the rules can result in severe punishments, the most feared of which is exclusion from the group. For example, there is an unwritten rule of how one should behave in an elevator. In an elevator filled with people it is proper to face front, stand away from strangers, and not to look at others. The social norm I chose to break was exactly that. I chose to stand close to an anonymous student standing in the elevator of my residence hall. I even looked at him and said hello. I stood so close to the in the elevator of my residence hall....
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This note was uploaded on 01/05/2011 for the course INDV 101 taught by Professor Walker during the Fall '07 term at University of Arizona- Tucson.
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