Idiosyncrasy credits refer to iInterpersonal credits a minority gains by going along with the majority.

These are credits a person earns, over time, by conforming to group norms; if enough Idiosyncrasy credits are earned, the person can, on occasion, behave deviantly without retribution from the group. In Edwin Hollander’s explanation for the leniency groups sometimes display toward high status members who violate group norms, the hypothetical interpersonal credit or bonus that is earned each time the individual makes a contribution to the group but is decreased each time the individual influences others, makes errors, or deviates from the group’s norms.

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