The Social Psychology of Good and Evil

The Social Psychology of Good and Evil

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This compelling work brings together an array of distinguished scholars to explore key concepts, theories, and findings pertaining to some of the most fundamental issues in social life: the conditions under which people are kind and helpful to others or, conversely, under which they commit harmful, even murderous acts. Covered are such topics as the complex interaction of individual, societal, and situational factors underpinning good or evil behavior; the role of guilt and the self-concept; and issues of responsibility and motivation, including why good people do bad things. The volume also examines whether aggression and violence are inescapable aspects of human nature, and how cooperative interaction can break down stereotyping and discrimination.
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About Arthur G Miller

Arthur G. Miller, PhD, is Professor of Psychology at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. He received his doctorate in social psychology from Indiana University in 1967 and spent 1979-1980 at Princeton University on a National Institute of Mental Health Fellowship, studying with Ned Jones. Dr. Miller's primary teaching and research interests include stereotyping and stigma, biases in attribution and social judgement, and judgmental reactions to diverse explanations of evil and violence.
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Table of contents

Miller, Introduction and Overview. Part 1: Conceptual Perspectives on Good and Evil. Zimbardo, A Situationist Perspective on the Psychology of Evil: Understanding How Good People are Transformed into Perpetrators. Staub, Basic Human Needs, Altruism, and Aggression. Baumeister, Vohs, Four Roots of Evil. Duntley, Buss, The Evolution of Evil. Part 2: Harming Others: Contexts, Causes, and Implications. Fiske, What's in a Category? Responsibility, Intent, and the Avoidability of Bias against Outgroups. Dovidio, Gaertner, Nier, Kawakami, Hodson, Contemporary Racial Bias: When Good People Do Bad Things. Anderson, Carnagey, Violent Evil and the General Aggression Model. Miller, What Can the Milgram Obedience Experiments Tell us about the Holocaust?: Generalizing from the Social Psychology Laboratory. Muehlenhard, Peterson, Conceptualizing Sexual Violence: Socially Acceptable Coercion and Other Controversies. Part 3: The Self-Concept in Relation to Good and Evil Acts. Crocker, Lee, Park, The Pursuit of Self-Esteem: Implications for Good and Evil. DePaulo, The Many Faces of Lies. Tangney, Stuewig, A Moral-Emotional Perspective on Evil Persons and Evil Deeds. Part 4: The Possibilities for Kindness. Batson, Ahmad, Stocks, Benefits and Liabilities of Empathy-Induced Altruism. Eisenberg, Valiente, Champion, Empathy-Related Responding: Moral, Social, and Socialization Correlates. Wills, Resko, Social Support and Behaviour toward Others: Some Paradoxes and Some Directions. Snyder, Omoto, Lindsay, Sacrificing Time and Effort for the Good of Others: The Benefits and Costs of Volunteerism. Aronson, Reducing Hostility and Building Compassion: Lessons from the Jigsaw Classroom.
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