Lucifer “The Morning Star” was God’s most trusted angel until he challenged God’s authority. When Lucifer challenged God’s authority he was cast into Hell, thus becoming Satan. This was ultimate transformation of good into evil.
The Stanford Prison Experiment (SPE) was designed to test what caused good people to do bad things. In order to begin the experiment, Philp and his research team had to solve a few problems before beginning. First, they needed a controlled space where they could monitor the prisoners and guards and not be interrupted. The solution was the basement of the Stanford Psychology department. The research team spent several days creating a mock prison, containing three cells, which would hold three prisoners each. Rooms for the guards and warden were also included in the prison and a small closest was converted to serve as solitary confinement. Outside of the cells a room called the “yard” was constructed to allow interaction between the prisoners and guards. The next problem was who they could get to be guards and prisoners. Zimbardo placed an ad promising fifteen dollars a day to people whole would participate in the experiment. They received several applications but narrowed it down to twenty-four participates. The experimenters chose these twenty-four individuals specifically because they did not have criminal backgrounds, psychological conditions, or major medical conditions that would disrupt the flow of the study. When asked wh...
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...anged. They became abusive people whose goal was to humiliated and embarrass the prisoner. Finally, situational factors can cause people to change. An example of this is the factors that caused the guards to change. The guards wanted to maintain order in the prison and at first the prisoners would not obey them, so the guards became meaner, thus causing the prisoners to finally obey the guards.
By applying what I have learned from the book to my everyday life I can make some changes to better my life. First, I know that it is alright to make mistakes, everyone does. I have spent countless nights stressed over mistakes I have made. Secondly, you cannot over react to factors that you have no control over. People can only control so much of their everyday life. I believe that by applying lessons I have learned from The Lucifer Effect I can better improve on my life.
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