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Situations have the power to do 3 things:
  • inflame hostile imagination to perpetrate evil
  • inspire heroic action
  • render most people ‘passive bystanders’ and guilty of ‘the Evil of Inaction
7 Social Processes that grease the slippery slope of Evil
  • Mindless taking of the first step (carelessness)
  • Dehumanisation of others ("them")
  • De-individuation of self (anonymity)
  • Diffusion of personal responsibility (someone else's problem)
  • Blind obedience to authority (true believer)
  • Uncritical conformity to group norms (groupthink)
  • Passive tolerance of evil through inaction or indifference (apathy)
The Lucifer Effect: understanding how good people turn evil
Philip Zimbardo

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