The basic argument here is that the problem occurs as a consequence of the situation and a power imbalance. Though, indeed a negative situation is not conducive to "goodness" and power imbalances can lead to abuses, Zimbardo, like other psychologists are as delusional as the Dalai Lama. They are arguing on the surface and not accounting for differences in the population. Who is more likely to take advantage of the situation? Who is more likely to abuse their power? Who is the target?
All of these experiments are also done using "prototypes". I would like to see Zimbardo and other psychologists make the Bloods and the Crips get along. Maybe they can bring together some psychopaths to gather around a campfire with a teenage girl. Regardless of the situation, "evil minds" will find creative ways to commit acts that are made to seem innocuous of any crime. Recently, NYC has been running ads that "It's Not Just A Joke, It's Sexual Harassment". That which is inconvenient becomes subverted.
In my opinion, psychologists should be advocates for a systematic "branding and branding" of people, yet their optimism allows psychopaths, sadists, masochists, and sociopaths to move about freely and hide behind statuses. Psychologists have no idea about what they are talking about because everything they speak is a generalization or some "peer reviewed" nonsense that means nothing.
The problem with this field is that it has no overarching theory to make sense of anything. You have many divisions and all at war with each other. What psychologists don't understand is that our "psychology" is a result of an evolution against "human predators". We are evolving away from "mental illness". "Mental illness" is a result of the conflicts between persons, groups, and the struggle for existence. "Mental illness" appears on a decline, and regardless of the "diagnoses", the problem is not the "diagnoses", which is only a "symptom" caused by the "actual problem".
Though, Zimbardo's work may be of significance, his approach is wrong because his outlook is absurd as a consequence of him not having any direction. Psychology operates on a false paradigm. I would even go so far as to say that psychologists think that the mind is detached from the body, even if they say the opposite, their work may reveal otherwise because they would be bend to the consensus to avoid alienating anyone. Psychology is a very dangerous science which should reveal that the world is actually an "insane asylum", hence why psychiatrists need to take into account "cultural and historical relativism" when making a diagnoses.
I suspect that regardless of the situation, people who feel connected to each other will not cause the situation to devolve. Regardless of power imbalances, people who feel connected with each other will work together. If you add a Milgram experiment on top of the Standford Prison experiment, people who feel connected with each other should find ways to outsmart Milgram and escape the Standford Prison. "Connection" can be social, and situational, but at it's core, it needs to be "existential".
Does anyone else think that Zimbardo looks like "Lucifer"? Why did his girlfriend have to intervene to stop the experiment. The "objective psychologist" became delusional about his own experiment and was facilitating a situation that would have otherwise caused harm. He was a bystander, enjoying abuses by 1 group against another. As he has aged, he has become numb to empathizing with the suffering of others. His girlfriend proves that women would be more cued into empathize, but the qualifier is that I cannot generalize about all women.
I suspect that Zimbardo's girlfriend was of a certain type, as some people would enjoy the suffering of others as it would de-emphasize their own distaste for themselves. Here's an example of why generalizing cannot work: in times of tragedy, you may value your life more, or you could be thankful that tragedy did not befell you. This creates a dichotomy of perception. People on the positive side of the scale would value their life more, but people on the negative would be thankful that it was not them. The latter is lacks empathy for the subjects tragedy and should reveal a sinister psychology. Regardless, you can make a scale that can rate people as to what degree they adhere to either, and figure out if it is "conditional or situational; long-term or short-term".
I just demonstrated how you can "brand and grade" people. This however would be thought of as inhumane, so the "great and wise" Dalai Lama should be deferred to. Regardless, of psychologists denying this, their work is bending toward the ideals of designated "wise men" of the world. In psych wards, the population is not divided and individuals quarantined, and just like in society, all the crazies are moving toward you. The Dalai Lama wants us to have "compassion" and the psychologists can't systematically "distinguish" anyone because that would be "discrimination".
Give the crazies freedom, and have tolerance because "we all make mistakes". It's the situation that causes "bad things". When the news reports on the latest rape victim, don't say that I didn't warn you.
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