By Philip G. Zimbardo
What makes reliable humans do undesirable issues? How can ethical humans be seduced to behave immorally? the place is the road keeping apart solid from evil, and who's at risk of crossing it?
Renowned social psychologist Philip Zimbardo has the solutions, and in The Lucifer impact he explains how–and the myriad purposes why–we are all vulnerable to the entice of “the darkish side.” Drawing on examples from background in addition to his personal trailblazing learn, Zimbardo information how situational forces and team dynamics can paintings in live performance to make monsters out of good women and men.
Zimbardo may be most sensible referred to as the writer of the Stanford legal scan. right here, for the 1st time and intimately, he tells the complete tale of this landmark examine, during which a gaggle of college-student volunteers was once randomly divided into “guards” and “inmates” after which positioned in a ridicule felony setting. inside of per week the learn used to be deserted, as traditional students have been reworked into both brutal, sadistic guards or emotionally damaged prisoners.
By illuminating the mental motives in the back of such traumatic metamorphoses, Zimbardo permits us to raised comprehend various harrowing phenomena, from company malfeasance to prepared genocide to how as soon as upstanding American squaddies got here to abuse and torture Iraqi detainees in Abu Ghraib. He replaces the long-held suggestion of the “bad apple” with that of the “bad barrel”–the concept that the social surroundings and the approach contaminate the person, instead of the wrong way around.
This is a publication that dares to carry a replicate as much as mankind, exhibiting us that we would no longer be who we expect we're. whereas forcing us to reexamine what we're able to doing whilst stuck up within the crucible of behavioral dynamics, even though, Zimbardo additionally deals desire. we're able to resisting evil, he argues, and will even educate ourselves to behave heroically. Like Hannah Arendt’s Eichmann in Jerusalem and Steven Pinker’s The clean Slate, The Lucifer Effect is a surprising, engrossing learn that may swap the way in which we view human behavior.
From the Hardcover edition.