In The Lucifer Effect, the award-winning and internationally respected psychologist, Philip Zimbardo, examines how the human mind has the capacity to be infinitely caring or selfish, kind or cruel, creative or destructive. He challenges our conceptions of who we think we are, what we believe we will never do - and how and why almost any of us could be initiated into the ranks of evil doers.
At the same time he describes the safeguards we can put in place to prevent ourselves from corrupting - or being corrupted by - others, and what sets some people apart as heroes and heroines, able to resist powerful pressures to go along with the group, and to refuse to be team players when personal integrity is at stake.
Using the first in-depth analysis of his classic Stanford Prison Experiment, and his personal experiences as an expert witness for one of the Abu Ghraib prison guards, Zimbardo's stimulating and provocative book raises fundamental questions about the nature of good and evil, and how each one of us needs to be vigilant to prevent becoming trapped in the 'Lucifer Effect', no matter what kind of character or morality we believe ourselves to have.
The Lucifer Effect won the William James Book Award in 2008.
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This is stunningly scary, but beautifully told and a highly captivating read.
Absolutely Mind blowing!!
This book will take you on an amazing mind blowing journey. It is fascinating, disturbing, traumatic, frightening even. Just when you think we are all doomed Zimbardo shows you the light at the end of the tunnel. If you are interested in broadening your own self awareness and understanding the human condition, the associated institutions and systems that permeate our lives and perception, then you cannot go passed this book. It humanises the face of evil. If you are in the forces - police, corrections, military or have a compliance or enforcement function whatever that may be, if you are in a position of leadership - I highly recommend this book to you. It will change the way you view yourself and the world forever and for the better. A mind blowing must read!!