Zimbardo's Infamous Prison Study

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In today’s society certain individuals are granted power and authority, and underneath those people are the ones who follow their orders. In The Stanford Prison Experiment by Zimbardo, and additional experiments, it has been proven that after a period of time some of the authority figures begin to abuse their power. As for the individuals obeying their command, they become afraid thinking if they do not listen, something far worse may possibly happen to them. For instance, when an individual is first placed in charge they will most likely do everything correct. They will do their job in a moral way, and not mistreat their people, however after a while they may tend to get too comfortable which is when the misuse of power begins to come out. In Kendra Cherry’s article “The Stanford Prison Experiment: A Closer look at Zimbardo’s Infamous Prison Study” Cherry states, “The guards began to behave in ways that were aggressive and abusive toward the prisoners while the prisoners became passive and depressed”. Basically what Cherry is saying about the experiment is that after a while the guards became abusive. The fact that they had a role of dominance, triggered them into acting in ways they…show more content…
For example, if someone was instructed to hurt another individual, and got manipulated into believing they would not be held responsible, they would most likely continue into following their commands. In Stanley Milgram’s “The Perils of Obedience” most people were surprised to see that no matter what the situation may be, if the experimenter was pleased with their subjects work, the subjects would continue on with the shocks thus hurting the other individual. Even though the majority of those people listened, being ordered to hurt someone by another person more powerful than you is always an intimidating situation, so by saying no to them, one may fear something far worse to happen to

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