What are norms? Below is one definition of norms:
Norms are stated or implied rules for expected behaviors. Norms convey what is generally considered acceptable behavior.
There are many possibles examples of norms. Below are three examples of norms:
1. The reciprocity norm suggests that we should help
people who have helped us. For example, imagine that you wish to have a day off for a family wedding. You are expected to work that day. You ask a coworker to work that day for you. Consistent with the reciprocity norm, you may be expected to agree to a similar request from your coworker in the future.
2. Saying "thank you" is another example of a norm. It is expected that we express appreciation for helpful, supportive, and kind behaviors.
3. It may be a norm to express empathy when hearing about another person's difficulty. Failing to express empathy could result in the perception that a person is insensitive.