The Lucifer Effect : Understanding how good people turn evil

“Evil consists in intentionally behaving in ways that harm, abuse, demean, dehumanize, or destroy innocent others – or using one’s authority and systematic power to encourage or permit others to do so on your behalf. In short, it is knowing better but doing worse”
This book details the Stanford prison experiment followed by an analysis of the experiment. It explains the authors (Philip Zimbardo) views on what happened at the prisons in Abu Ghraib with pictures and what the government did and did not do. The last few chapters are mainly on heroism. The author argues that depending on circumstances, all of us who are bystanders can systematically, and incrementally small step by small step – act in brutal and barbaric ways. Students of social psychology should read this book in addition to Stanley Milgram’s obedience experiment and Asch’s conformity experiment.
Read time : 15 hours approximately
Star Rating : 3 out of 5 stars
Book publication Date : 2007 (English)
Book Review : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SybCBwMj4tI

“Evil consists in intentionally behaving in ways that harm, abuse, demean, dehumanize, or destroy innocent others – or using one’s authority and systematic power to encourage or permit others to do so on your behalf. In short, it is knowing better but doing worse”
This book details the Stanford prison experiment followed by an analysis of the experiment. It explains the authors (Philip Zimbardo) views on what happened at the prisons in Abu Ghraib with pictures and what the government did and did not do. The last few chapters are mainly on heroism. The author argues that depending on circumstances, all of us who are bystanders can systematically, and incrementally small step by small step – act in brutal and barbaric ways. Students of social psychology should read this book in addition to Stanley Milgram’s obedience experiment and Asch’s conformity experiment.
Read time : 15 hours approximately
Star Rating : 3 out of 5 stars
Book publication Date : 2007 (English)
Book Review : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SybCBwMj4tI

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