Remember a few months ago I wrote an article on the Stanford Prison Experiment? The psychology of prison life is one of the fields that interests me most in Criminology and I would like to share the following video with you.
The Stanford Prison Experiment leader, Philip Zimbardo, knows how easy it is for people to turn bad. In this TED talk he shares insights and graphic unseen photos from the Abu Ghraib trials. He also talks about the flip side: how easy it is to be a hero, and how we can rise to the challenge.
I think the Stanford Prison Experiment was one of the most useful experiments conducted ever, and it’s so interesting to see that 30 years later, we still use the same abusive prison system worldwide. And strange as it may sound, Zimbardo is sort of my hero.
If you’re interested in reading more about this experiment and Zimbardo’s insights, read his book The Lucifer Effect: Understanding How Good People Turn Evil, which was published only a few years ago.
Find it on Amazon here.