Behavioural Conditioning

Remembrance Sunday 11.11.2020 

BLM Supporters defaced Churchill's statue and tried to burn the Union flag at the Cenotaph. Who is instructing the police to attack lawful peaceful gatherings whilst taking the knee for BLM? 

People can behave very different on a one to one basis, but once they are in a group the Group Dynamics come into play, especially if you don't know one another and people want to fit in and follow authority by changing their behaviours and beliefs to fit in with the majority. 

Here's an interesting story of an experiment done to analyse the process of behavioural conditioning in a group. The characters are monkeys, but the experiment reveals in a humorous manner how people get conditioned in organizations!

The monkey tale is as follows:

Eight monkeys were put in a room. In the middle of the room was a ladder, leading to a bunch of bananas hanging from the hook on the ceiling. Each time a monkey tried to climb the ladder; all the monkeys were sprayed with ice water, which made them miserable.

Soon enough, whenever a monkey attempted to climb the ladder, all the other monkeys, not wanting to be sprayed, set upon him and beat him up.

Soon, none of the eight monkeys attempted to climb the ladder. One of the original monkeys is then removed, and a new monkey is put in the room.

Seeing the bananas and the ladder, he wonders why none of the other monkeys are doing the obvious, but, undaunted, he immediately begins to climb the ladder. All the other monkeys fall upon him and beat him up silly.

He had no idea why. However, he no longer attempts to climb the ladder.

A second original monkey is removed and replaced. The newcomer again attempts to climb the ladder, but all the other monkeys hammer the hell out of him. This includes the previous new monkey, who, grateful that he's not on the receiving end this time, participated in the beating because all the other monkeys are doing it. However, he has no idea why he's attacking the new monkey.

One by one, all the original monkeys are replaced. Eight new monkeys are now in the room. None of them have ever been sprayed by ice water. None of them attempts to climb the ladder.

All of them will enthusiastically beat up any new monkey who tries, without having any idea why.


Author Unknown