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    DescriptionIn 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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    Title
    The Lucifer Effect
    Subtitle
    How Good People Turn Evil
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Philip G. Zimbardo
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 576
    Width: 126 mm
    Height: 198 mm
    Thickness: 36 mm
    Weight: 405 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781846041037
    ISBN 10: 1846041031
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: PSY
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T17.9
    BIC subject category V2: VSP
    BISAC V2.8: PSY036000
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25340
    DC22: 155.2
    Libri: ENGM1820, PSYC6016, BOES1000
    Thema V1.0: VSP
    Publisher
    Ebury Press
    Imprint name
    Rider & Co
    Publication date
    06 March 2008
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Philip Zimbardo is Professor Emeritus of Psychology at Stanford University and has also taught at Yale, NYU and Columbia. He was elected President of the American Psychological Association in 2002 and is founder of the National Center for the Psychology of Terrorism. Widely respected as an innovative researcher and writer, he presented the award-winning video series Discovering Psychology and his Stanford Prison Experiment has also featured many times on TV. His website www.prisonexperiment.org has received 15 million hits in 4 years, and the one specially set up for this book can be found at: www.LuciferEffect.org
    Review quote
    "An important book...all politicians and social commentators should read it" Sunday Times "Detailed and absorbing...masterly and honest" Mary Warnock, Times Higher Education Supplement "Formidable" Observer "This important book is very readable" Spectator "One of the most distinguished social scientists of our age" Catholic Herald