By Philip Zimbardo
The definitive firsthand account of the groundbreaking learn of Philip Zimbardo—the foundation for the award-winning movie The Stanford felony Experiment
Renowned social psychologist and writer of the Stanford legal scan Philip Zimbardo explores the mechanisms that make sturdy humans do undesirable issues, how ethical humans will be seduced into appearing immorally, and what this says concerning the line setting apart reliable from evil.
The Lucifer Effect explains how—and the myriad purposes why—we are all liable to the trap of “the darkish side.” Drawing on examples from background in addition to his personal trailblazing learn, Zimbardo info how situational forces and workforce dynamics can paintings in live performance to make monsters out of respectable males and women.
the following, for the 1st time and intimately, Zimbardo tells the entire tale of the Stanford felony test, the landmark examine within which a bunch of college-student volunteers used to be randomly divided into “guards” and “inmates” after which put in a ridicule criminal surroundings. inside every week the research used to be deserted, as usual students have been remodeled into both brutal, sadistic guards or emotionally damaged prisoners.
through illuminating the mental motives in the back of such aggravating metamorphoses, Zimbardo permits us to raised comprehend quite a few harrowing phenomena, from company malfeasance to geared up genocide to how as soon as upstanding American infantrymen 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 atmosphere and the approach contaminate the person, instead of the wrong way around.
it is a publication that dares to carry a reflect as much as mankind, displaying us that we'd now not be who we predict we're. whereas forcing us to reexamine what we're in a position to doing whilst stuck up within the crucible of behavioral dynamics, notwithstanding, Zimbardo additionally bargains wish. we're able to resisting evil, he argues, and will even train ourselves to behave heroically. Like Hannah Arendt’s Eichmann in Jerusalem and Steven Pinker’s The clean Slate, The Lucifer Effect is a stunning, engrossing examine that might switch the best way we view human behavior.
Praise for The Lucifer Effect
“The Lucifer Effect will swap ceaselessly how you take into consideration why we behave the best way we do—and, particularly, in regards to the human strength for evil. it is a aggravating publication, yet person who hasn't ever been extra necessary.”—Malcolm Gladwell
“An very important publication . . . All politicians and social commentators . . . should still learn this.”—The instances (London)
“Powerful . . . a very precious addition to the literature of the psychology of violence or ‘evil.’”—The American Prospect
“Penetrating . . . Combining a dense yet readable and infrequently engrossing exposition of social psychology examine with an impassioned ethical seriousness, Zimbardo demanding situations readers to seem past glib denunciations of evil-doers and examine our collective accountability for the world’s ills.”—Publishers Weekly
“A sprawling dialogue . . . Zimbardo a radical narrative of the Stanford legal scan with an research of the social dynamics of the Abu Ghraib legal in Iraq.”—Booklist
“Zimbardo bottled evil in a laboratory. The classes he realized express us our darkish nature but additionally fill us with wish if we heed their counsel. The Lucifer influence reads like a novel.”—Anthony Pratkanis, Ph.D., professor emeritus of psychology, collage of California
From the Hardcover edition.