Lucifer Effect Understanding How Good People Turn Evil

ISBN-10: 0812974441
ISBN-13: 9780812974447
Edition: 2008
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Description: What makes good people do bad things? How can moral people be seduced to act immorally? Where is the line separating good from evil, and who is in danger of crossing it? Renowned social psychologist Philip Zimbardo has the answers, and inThe  More...

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List price: $18.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 1/22/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 576
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.254
Language: English

What makes good people do bad things? How can moral people be seduced to act immorally? Where is the line separating good from evil, and who is in danger of crossing it? Renowned social psychologist Philip Zimbardo has the answers, and inThe Lucifer Effecthe explains how–and the myriad reasons why–we are all susceptible to the lure of “the dark side.” Drawing on examples from history as well as his own trailblazing research, Zimbardo details how situational forces and group dynamics can work in concert to make monsters out of decent men and women. Zimbardo is perhaps best known as the creator of the Stanford Prison Experiment. Here, for the first time and in detail, he tells the full story of this landmark study, in which a group of college-student volunteers was randomly divided into “guards” and “inmates” and then placed in a mock prison environment. Within a week the study was abandoned, as ordinary college students were transformed into either brutal, sadistic guards or emotionally broken prisoners. By illuminating the psychological causes behind such disturbing metamorphoses, Zimbardo enables us to better understand a variety of harrowing phenomena, from corporate malfeasance to organized genocide to how once upstanding American soldiers came to abuse and torture Iraqi detainees in Abu Ghraib. He replaces the long-held notion of the “bad apple” with that of the “bad barrel”–the idea that the social setting and the system contaminate the individual, rather than the other way around. This is a book that dares to hold a mirror up to mankind, showing us that we might not be who we think we are. While forcing us to reexamine what we are capable of doing when caught up in the crucible of behavioral dynamics, though, Zimbardo also offers hope. We are capable of resisting evil, he argues, and can even teach ourselves to act heroically. Like Hannah Arendt’s Eichmann in Jerusalem and Steven Pinker’s The Blank Slate,The Lucifer Effectis a shocking, engrossing study that will change the way we view human behavior. From the Hardcover edition.

Preface
Acknowledgments
List of Illustrations
The Psychology of Evil: Situated Character Transformations
Sunday's Surprise Arrests
Let Sunday's Degradation Rituals Begin
Monday's Prisoner Rebellion
Tuesday's Double Trouble: Visitors and Rioters
Wednesday Is Spiraling Out of Control
The Power to Parole
Thursday's Reality Confrontations
Friday's Fade to Black
The SPE's Meaning and Messages: The Alchemy of Character Transformations
The SPE: Ethics and Extensions
Investigating Social Dynamics: Power, Conformity, and Obedience
Investigating Social Dynamics: Deindividuation, Dehumanization, and the Evil of Inaction
Abu Ghraib's Abuses and Tortures: Understanding and Personalizing Its Horrors
Putting the System on Trial: Command Complicity
Resisting Situational Influences and Celebrating Heroism
Notes
Index

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