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What makes good people do bad things? Renowned social psychologist Philip Zimbardo has an answer, and in The Lucifer Effect he explains how-and 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, the creator of the Stanford Prison Experiment, details how situational forces and group dynamics can work in concert to make monsters out of decent men and women. By illuminating the causes behind this disturbing metamorphosis, and by highlighting the ways in which individuals can resist the temptation to give in to evil, Zimbardo enables us to better understand a variety of phenomena, from corporate malfeasance to the prisoner abuse and torture in Abu Ghraib to organized genocide. This is a book that forces us to reexamine what we are capable of doing, individually and collectively. Like Hannah Arendt's Eichmann in Jerusalem and Steven Pinker's The Blank Slate, The Lucifer Effect is a shocking, engrossing study that will change the way we view human behavior. Book jacket.
Philip Zimbardo is professor emeritus of psychology at Stanford University and has also taught at Yale University, New York University, and Columbia University. He is the co-author of Psychology and Life and author of Shyness, which together have sold more than 2.5 million copies. Zimbardo has been president of the American Psychological Association and is now director of the Stanford Center on Interdisciplinary Policy, Education, and Research on Terrorism. He also narrated the award-winning PBS series Discovering Psychology, which he helped create. In 2004, he acted as an expert witness in the court-martial hearings of one of the American army reservists accused of criminal behavior in the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. His informative website, www.prisonexperiment.org is visited by millions every year. Visit the author’s personal website at www.zimbardo.com.
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From the Hardcover edition.
Table of Contents
|List of Illustrations||p. xxi|
|The Psychology of Evil: Situated Character Transformations||p. 3|
|Sunday's Surprise Arrests||p. 23|
|Let Sunday's Degradation Rituals Begin||p. 40|
|Monday's Prisoner Rebellion||p. 57|
|Tuesday's Double Trouble: Visitors and Rioters||p. 80|
|Wednesday Is Spiraling Out of Control||p. 100|
|The Power to Parole||p. 130|
|Thursday's Reality Confrontations||p. 154|
|Friday's Fade to Black||p. 174|
|The SPE's Meaning and Messages: The Alchemy of Character Transformations||p. 195|
|The SPE: Ethics and Extensions||p. 229|
|Investigating Social Dynamics: Power, Conformity, and Obedience||p. 258|
|Investigating Social Dynamics: Deindividuation, Dehumanization, and the Evil of Inaction||p. 297|
|Abu Ghraib's Abuses and Tortures: Understanding and Personalizing Its Horrors||p. 324|
|Putting the System on Trial: Command Complicity||p. 380|
|Resisting Situational Influences and Celebrating Heroism||p. 444|
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