The Social Psychology of Good and Evil
Arthur G. Miller
Guilford Press, Feb 10, 2004 - Psychology - 498 pages
This compelling work brings together an array of distinguished scholars to explore key concepts, theories, and findings pertaining to some of the most fundamental issues in social life: the conditions under which people are kind and helpful to others or, conversely, under which they commit harmful, even murderous acts. Covered are such topics as the complex interaction of individual, societal, and situational factors underpinning good or evil behavior; the role of guilt and the self-concept; and issues of responsibility and motivation, including why good people do bad things. The volume also examines whether aggression and violence are inescapable aspects of human nature, and how cooperative interaction can break down stereotyping and discrimination.
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I am a researcher and teacher of Psychology and my recent work is related to understanding and reducing inter-group aggression and increasing compassion. I found The Social Psychology of Good and Evil an extremely valuable book, a comprehensive source for theoretical conceptual and empirical literature in an area which addresses the most profound and important question in human society. why do people harm each other and how that can be dealt with. I recommend it as a must for a course in social Psychology.
Naumana amjad (PhD),
University of Punjab Pakistan
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