The Lucifer Effect: Understanding How Good People Turn Evil

The Lucifer Effect: Understanding How Good People Turn Evil

Renowned social psychologist and creator of the "Stanford Prison Experiment," Philip Zimbardo explores the mechanisms that make good people do bad things, how moral people can be seduced into acting immorally, and what this says about the line separating good from evil. The Lucifer Effect explains how?and the myriad reasons why?we are all susceptible to the lure of ?the dar Renowned social psychologist and creator of the "Stanford Prison Experiment," Philip Zimbardo explores the mech...

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Title:The Lucifer Effect: Understanding How Good People Turn Evil
Author:Philip G. Zimbardo
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Genres:Psychology
ISBN:The Lucifer Effect: Understanding How Good People Turn Evil
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:551 pages pages

The Lucifer Effect: Understanding How Good People Turn Evil Reviews

  • K
    Jul 19, 2012
    Be forewarned -- this is not a relaxing book on any level. Having said that, it's pretty fantastic. How good people turn evil is a huge question, more ambitious than most authors would undertake and probably a set-up for disappointment as who can possibly answer that? And I admit, Z...
  • Letitia
    May 29, 2007
    It is extremely difficult to rate this book because I have a thousand thoughts about it. So I am rating it a 4-star because I DO want people to read it. However if I were ranking Zimbardo as an author alone, I would give it 2 stars. Despite Zimbardo's abysmal efforts as a writer, th...
  • John Wiswell
    Jul 23, 2012
    This is one of those books that exposes ratings as preposterous. Any conscientious person ought to read segments of this book, particularly Zimbardo's early chapters on his infamous Stanley Prison Experiment. Performed decades ago, it exposed that the horrors of Abu Ghraib were not the...
  • Maria Caggiano
    Jul 01, 2007
    First the Pro's: This book was written by the principle investigator of the "Stanford Prison Experiment" in the 1970's. This individual also was an expert witness at the trial of SFC Frederick, one of the MP's convicted for abusing prisoners at Abu Garhaib. It sheds light on how poor l...
  • David
    Dec 04, 2007
    Well, I need to state my prejudices upfront. I'm kind of a secret fan of Doctor Zimbardo. See, I guess at some point he put together some kind of massive 26-episode series of half-hour lectures on how the mind works for public TV. They would come on at some ungodly hour of the morning ...
  • Nikki
    Aug 18, 2015
    This is a horribly difficult book to read, not because Zimbardo?s writing is bad or the subject is uninteresting, but because it exposes how easily people can be manipulated into a role ? and I don?t just mean the guards, but also the prisoners. It?s important because it examin...
  • Rachael
    Aug 20, 2007
    If you've ever wondered how people get to "that" point when they can do something you consider heinous or evil, this is an interesting read. This book discusses the Stanford Prison Experiment and how the impact of a situation can have a greater impact on human behavior than we as an Am...
  • Katie
    Nov 15, 2007
    I was excited to read this, since I have a psychology background and had heard that it was a good look at the Stanford Prison Experiment, which I studied in college. I wasn't too impressed with this book though. It is at least 100 pages too long and bogged down by excessive detail, mak...
  • George Hu
    Dec 16, 2007
    Well, interesting title and interesting subject, but I highly doubt his hypothesis. This book was borne out of Philip Zimbardo's work with a U.S. army soldier, who was one of the prison guards at Abu Ghraib in Iraq. Zimbardo is also the one who ran the infamous Stanford Prison Experime...
  • Amanda
    Apr 02, 2008
    I, after a couple of weeks, have finally finished ?The Lucifer Effect.? I normally don?t dog ear books because, well, that?s almost sacrilegious, but there were points that I knew I wanted to come back to. Like this one which really came out there unexpectedly, and had me laugh...
  • Sitaphul
    Feb 04, 2008
    um, so i decided to stop reading this book because it's not suprising to me (in the LEAST!) that a bunch of college educated, middle-class white kids would act all brutish and prison-guardesque if they didn't have to be responsibile for any of their actions, and stuff. hello, blackwate...
  • Rebecca
    Aug 05, 2008
    Philip Zimbardo?s The Lucifer Effect is a difficult read, not because its premise is particularly startling, but because its examination of the psychology of evil shows it to be disturbingly simple. By placing each act of breathtaking cruelty beside a description of its perpetrator--...
  • Steven Peterson
    Jun 07, 2009
    This is an important book. It presents a perspective on the roots of human behavior, let's call it "the situational approach," against other orientations. As Philip Zimbardo notes, many of us commonly commit the "Fundamental Attribution Error," in which (page 212) "dispositions matter ...
  • Eden Prosper
    Jul 13, 2011
    Philip Zimbardo?s The Lucifer Effect: Understanding How Good People Turn Evil was a stimulating read. A lot of psychology books tend to be a bit dry or scientifically wordy, becoming tedious and stodgy. It?s refreshing to be able to retain knowledge that can later be reflected on. ...
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    Jun 19, 2013
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  • Thomas Edmund
    Oct 28, 2016
    As a huge psych nerd I was really happy to stumble across this book in the local library. For those who don't know and/or have forgotten psyc101 Zimbardo is the professor behind the infamous Stanford Prison Experiment. The seminal experiment where (Spoiler alert I guess) where ordinary...
  • Denise
    Mar 08, 2018
    Situations matter, in 500 pages. I was shocked to learn children were (are?) detained at Gitmo. Other than that, ordinary humans being capable of great good or great bad, depending on the situation, isn?t a new revelation. Whistle blowers getting punished while monsters get praised, ...
  • Michael
    Jun 17, 2015
    Ever since reading Frankenstein, I have been interested in the concept of evil. How can perfectly ordinary people become perpetrators of such horrible things? What turns a good person evil? These are the fundamental questions that Dr Philip Zimbardo attempts to answer in the book The L...
  • Jeffrey Howard
    Jan 06, 2016
    The Lucifer Effect in many ways reads like an introductory social psychology book as Zimbardo trudges through experiments that have become staples for undergraduate psychology courses: Stanley Milgram's obedience experiment, Asch's conformity experiment, and, of course, the Stanford Pr...
  • Христо Блажев
    Jun 07, 2017
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  • Ana
    Mar 12, 2017
    A classic on the subject, Zimbardo tackles in this book the longest description and explanation of his Stanford Prison Experiment, along with two other main themes: the Abu Ghraib abuses and, in the last chapter, heroism and altruism. Now, of course I am a little biased (at the moment ...
  • Nurlan Imangaliyev
    Mar 16, 2018
    After reading this book I am feeling quite devastated. Somewhere deep inside I even wish I haven't read it at all. The book uncovers the ugly nature of human beings, the things they are capable of doing when granted authority, anonymity or when put in a group of similarly mischievous...
  • Kq
    Oct 10, 2013
    This book should be called "The Stanford Prison Experiment and Other Things Regarding How Good People Turn Evil". The first 200 or so pages are about The Stanford Prison Experiment (1971 study involving the psychological effects of prisoners and prison guards). If you took Psychology 1...
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    Sep 06, 2017
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  • Sara Sherra
    Jul 01, 2015
    A while ago, i found the book title really interesting and decided at once to add the book to my "to-read" list. I was, unfortunately, very disappointed with it, as it turned out to be not quite what i expected. I thought the book was about "Understanding How Good People Turn Evil", wh...
  • Noah W
    Jan 16, 2013
    "Am I capable of evil?" is the question that I want you to consider over and over again as we journey together..." ~ Zimbardo This book explains how "normal" people can commit atrocities. He delves into both physical and academic examples of normal students and citizens that turn in...
  • Yasmine Abdel Hai
    May 25, 2015
    unnecessary elboration in regards to the abu graham prison incidents and the stanford prison experiment. The book doesn't not prove a theory or give an understanding of the process of becoming evil. that being said chapter 15, and 16 went breifly over the psychological/ behavioural fac...
  • Shadowdenizen
    Jun 23, 2015
    This was not an easy book to rate (or to read.) Overall, This was very readable and compelling, despite the fact that it was very densely written, and not for the faint of heart. While I'm not sure I buy 100% into the underlying premise the author espouses (That human values are ...
  • Bookdragon Sean
    Mar 15, 2014
    Zimbardo fucked up, BIG TIME. During the "Stanford Prison Experiment," an experiment he created, he was part of the actual testing and also became victim to the traps the other participants fell into. The idea was to separate the participants into two groups, guards and priso...
  • Rissa
    Dec 16, 2017
    This was a new view on good and evil and it was wonderfully done. This was definitely a long book to read. Take your time while reading this because each chapter gets deeper and the information builds upon what goes on in the world, in good people, and in the people that turned evil....