The psychology of Evil

Posted on February 19, 2014

Philip Zimbardo knows how easy it is for nice people to turn bad. In this talk, he shares insights and graphic unseen photos from the Abu Ghraib trials. Then he talks about the flip side: how easy it is to be a hero, and how we can rise to the challenge.

Zimbardo describes evil as the exercise of power to intentionally harm someone psychologically, physically, mortally, or commit crimes against humanity.

Zimbardo goes on to talk about how power allowed the possibly, normally good and decent soldiers to perform the torture and other horrible acts at the Abu Graib prison.

Watch this interesting video to understand that evil is sometimes not down to the morality of the individual but created by power given to individuals by corrupted systems.

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