I think situation and personality both play their role in one's decision to conform or not. The situation does have a greater impact on the decision than a personality in my opinion, unless personality is very strong, confident and in some way independent. The more negative consequences for the person their nonconformity will bring, the more likely the person will choose to conform. The fear of suffering that might arise from not conforming greatly affect degrees of freedom. For example, people might do something if someone from their family, friend or partner asks them to, even though they have no desire of their own to do what was asked. If a stranger asked them to do the very same thing, they would much more likely to refuse. The two decisions are different in these two situations because they have a different impact on a person. When it comes to obeying the instructions of superior, the fear of disobeying is even greater due to the power the superior has. The obedience to authority is much greater than obedience to the person of equal power.