14 Sep

Authority bias

So you think you’re in control?

The authority bias is the tendency to attribute greater accuracy to the opinion of an authority figure and to be more influenced by that opinion.

Our socialisation whilst growing up tends to make us believe that obeying someone in command is the right thing to do, because social order and civil society depend on it. We might also experience authority figures as having greater knowledge, wisdom and power compared to ourselves, so who are we to argue?

But argue we must, objectively and respectfully; otherwise we might find the laws upon which we base our society themselves become challenged and altered without due scrutiny.