Philip George Zimbardo, is a psychologist and behavioral researcher, is famous for his work in Social psychology, especially for the Stanford jail experiment.
He was called to testify at the trial for the vexations carried out in the "Abu Ghraib" jail by US troops to Iraqi prisoners to expose his theory of the influence of the situation on human behavior.
Famous quotes by Philip Zimbardo
Human behavior is incredibly flexible, like plastic.
The best gift you can give to others and yourself is time. Accept the gift of time, whether you deliver it or receive it.
It was God who created hell as a place to store evil. However, he did not do a good job to keep it there.
The world is, was, will always be full of good and evil, because good and evil is the yin and yang of the human condition.
Being personally injured triggered a curiosity about how these beliefs are formed.
Bullying is an evil because not only does it destroy the life of the child who is bullied, but it also makes everyone in the class that allows this to feel guilty for doing nothing.
While no one can change the events that happened in the past, everyone can change their attitudes and beliefs about them.
If you don't believe in yourself, why should others do it, since it is obvious that you know better than anyone who you are?
Heroes are those who can somehow resist the power of the situation and act for noble reasons, and behave in ways that do not degrade others when they could easily do so.
We mortals can be silly, especially when mortal emotions rule over our cold reason.
After doing psychology for half a century, my passion is greater than ever.
If you want to change a person, you must change the situation.
Time matters because we are finite, because time is the means in which we live our lives.
What worries me is the Internet and the electronic technology revolution. Shyness is fueled in part by so many people who spend large amounts of time alone, isolated in e-mail, in chat rooms, which reduces face-to-face contact with other people.
Our ability to selectively couple and decouple our moral norms ... helps explain how people can be barbarically cruel at one time and compassionate at the next.
Our sense of power is more alive when we break the spirit of a man than when we win his heart.
Our time is short, and it will happen no matter what we do. So, let's have a purpose in spending it. Let us spend it so that our time matters to each of us, and it matters to all whose lives we touch.
The time perspective is one of the most powerful influences in human behavior. We are trying to demonstrate how people become biased by being exclusively past, current or future.
Situational variables can exert a powerful influence on human behavior, even more than they recognize.
Evil is knowing how to do better, and willingly doing worse.
The level of shyness has increased dramatically in the last decade. I think shyness is an index of social pathology rather than a pathology of the individual.
I say you are a hero, it means that you cross the line and are willing to make a sacrifice, so the heroes are always making a sacrifice. Heroes always take risks. Heroes are always different. Heroes always do something that most people don't want and we want to change. I want to democratize heroism to say that any of us can be a hero.
The line between good and evil is permeable, and almost anyone can be driven to cross it when pressed by the force of the situation.
If you put good apples in a bad place, you will get bad apples.
Being personally injured caused me great curiosity about how such beliefs are formed.
I have been primarily interested in how and why ordinary people do unusual things, things that seem alien to their nature. Why do good people sometimes act badly? Why do smart people sometimes do dumb or irrational things?
Social expectations matter little; Personal expectations matter tremendously.
The ideas for my first experiments on human aggression come from the discussions we had in a research seminar on William Golding and 'The Lord of the Flies'.
My childhood prepared me to be a social psychologist. I grew up in a ghetto in the South Bronx in a very poor family. Of Sicilian origin, I was the first person in my family to finish high school, and also to go to university.
Where can you find a purpose? Like success and happiness, our purpose exists in the present and we constantly strive to keep it in the future. What we strive for depends on each one of us. The important thing is that we strive for something.
Heroes are ordinary people whose social action is extraordinary, who act when others are passive, who abandon self-centeredness by sociocentrism.
Depending on who you ask, time is money, time is love, time is work, time is playing, time is enjoying friends, time is raising children, and time is much more. Time is what we make of it.
I've always been curious about the psychology of the person behind the mask ...
Heroes are those who can somehow resist the power of the situation and act for noble reasons, or behave in ways that do not degrade others when they can easily do so.
Bullies may be the perpetrators of evil, but it is the evil of passivity of all those who know what is happening and never intervene that perpetuates such abuse.
To be a hero that has to learn to be different, to deviate, because it always goes against the conformity of the group.
Sticks and stones can break your bones, but names can kill you.
Fear is the psychological weapon that state you choose to scare citizens and thus sacrifice their basic freedoms and the protections of the rule of law in exchange for the security promised by their omnipotent government.
You cannot live with full attention without being distracted in psychological processes that are around us.
The "Lucifer Effect" describes the point in time when an ordinary, normal person crosses the boundary between good and evil to participate in an evil action. It represents a transformation of human character that is significant in its consequences.
The world is full of goodness and evil: it has been, it is and always will be.
We all like to think that the line between good and evil is impervious: that people who do terrible things, such as committing murders, betrayals or kidnappings, are on the bad side of this line, and the rest of us could never cross that. But the Stanford prison experiment and Milgram studies revealed the permeability of that line. Some people are on the bright side just because situations have never forced or seduced them to cross.
Research shows that the decisions of a group as a whole are more reflective and creative when there is minority dissent than when it is absent.
There are no limits on what I would do to make my classes exciting, interesting and unpredictable.
Prejudice and discrimination have always been a large part of my life. When I was 6 years old, they beat me up and called me dirty Jew because they thought he looked Jewish.
I was discriminated against because I was Jewish, Italian, black and Puerto Rican. But perhaps the worst prejudice I experienced was against the poor. I grew up with social assistance and often had to move in the middle of the night because we couldn't pay the rent.
Boys are 30 percent more likely than girls to drop out of school. In Canada, five boys drop out for every three girls. Girls outperform boys now at all levels, from elementary school to graduate school.
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