George Zimbardo 's Mock Prison Experiment And Other Past Events

1507 WordsMar 7, 20167 Pages
Throughout history, the theme of “good” people turning evil under the pressure and influences of different ideas and people are commonly seen. This idea of good people turning bad was further strengthen in Philip Zimbardo’s Mock Prison Experiment and other past events such as the French Foreign Legion, the guards in the Abu Ghraib prison, and so on. This event demonstrated that even innocent, good beings could transform into an abusive and evil person, given the right conditions and incentives. So what is good and what is evil? Good or morally excellent is most likely the highest state that a human would strive for. This may include helping others and making the morally right decisions. As of evil, it is the exercise of power to intentionally harm, hurt, or destroy others. Actions such as killing and stealing are all considered to be evil. In our society, everyone in some ways try to believe that they have some good in them, but not many would accept the fact that they could turn evil. This idea of good people turning evil is clearly depicted in one of Philip Zimbardo’s theory, the Lucifer effect. Philip Zimbardo is a well know psychologist and a professor at Stanford University, who spends most of his life studying how could people could be corrupted. The Lucifer effect focuses on the transformation of the human psychology towards evil. Moreover, it also emphasis how good people are prone to corruption by powerful situational forces. Philip Zimbardo would spend many
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