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The Lucifer Effect

Understanding How Good People Turn Evil

By Philip Zimbardo
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The Lucifer Effect: Understanding How Good People Turn Evil by Philip Zimbardo

In an attempt to reveal the source of humanity’s capacity for evil, The Lucifer Effect (2007) delves deep into the dark corners of the human mind. It shows how we walk a fine line between monstrosity and heroism daily – yet it isn’t our nature that determines on which side of the line we fall, but the numerous situational forces that permeate our lives.

  • People interested in psychology and understanding human nature
  • Anyone who wants to know why good people sometimes turn evil

Philip Zimbardo is a former professor of psychology at Stanford University, widely known for his Stanford prison experiment. A former president of the American Psychological Association, he is also the author of Shyness and co-author of Psychology and Life.

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