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Social Conformance

 

Disciplines Argument > Fallacies > Social Conformance

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Description

If you do not agree, then you will be rejected and ostracized by your friends.

Use peer pressure instead of rational argument to get agreement.

Example

If you want to lose all your friends, just keep on saying that.

I don't know if Paul and Peter want to associate with anyone who wanted to go their own way like that.

You know, that's not the sort of thing we do here.

Discussion

Social acceptance is hugely important to most people, especially with those they consider to be friends and peers. The threat of rejection is thus taken very seriously and people will change their position and even their beliefs to sustain their social position.

This fallacy is very common in everyday conversation, either explicitly or implied. It is even read into arguments when it is not actually there.

Classification

Attack, Threat

Also known as

 

See also

Theories about conforming, Appeal to Common Belief

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