The major problem with the modern bi-partisan political system is that it is fundamentally built on the idea that people will conform to others that are associated with them socially. Chartrand and Bargh completed one of the more famous experiments on conformity in 1999 where they were able to illustrate that people mimicked the reactions of others just by observing them on camera from another room (Kassin, 1999, p.253). Chartrand and Bargh were able to illustrate that people will mimic the mannerisms of other around them on an unconscious level (Chartrand, 1999, p.894). The significant finding of this experiment is that the behaviors that were mimicked unconsciously. The phenomena of people unconsciously mimicking others on larger social scale can have a disturbing effect on the political atmosphere in America.
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