Slide Into Evil

1 March 2008

7 Social Processes that Grease the Slippery Slope of Evil

…according to Philip Zimbardo, creator of the Stanford Prison experiment. The following is a slide from his presentation at the 2008 TED conference.

1. Mindlessly taking the 1st small step
2. Dehumanization of others
3. De-individuation of self (anonymity)
4. Diffusion of personal responsibility
5. Blind obedience to authority
6. Uncritical conformity to group norms
7. Passive tolerance of evil through inaction, or indifference

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