Why Good People Do Evil Things

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Dasean Hinds Professor Ejim Psychology 101 November 30, 2014 Why Good People do Evil things According to Wade, C., Tavris, C., & Garry, M. (2014), “mindless obedience to authority, conformity, groupthink, deindividualization, stereotyping, ethnocentrism and prejudice” (p. 293) are all contributing factors when it comes to people preforming acts of violence. It is easy to see how mindless obedience can cause someone to commit acts of unspeakable evils. During this process individuals gradually become increasingly committed to their orders to the point where they feel they have no choice but to follow these orders and even convince themselves that they’re orders are justifiable. They may even come to a point where they feel that they’re not responsible for the pain that is caused by them carrying out their orders and that it is the fault of the authority, because their “just following orders”. Now, when it comes to conformity people “end up doing all kinds of stupid things (or smart things!) simply because their friends are doing them” Wade, C., Tavris, C., & Garry, M. (2014) (p. 273). These stupid things can easily include preforming acts of violence because people want to feel part of the group. On the matter of groupthink; this happens when a group requires total agreement and results in the group thinking that they are completely right and there is no fault in any of their actions, even when their actions include unspeakable acts of violence. People can also commit evil deeds when they lose their sense of individuality from being in large groups or crowds. They begin to feel anonymous in these crowds and feel like they will not be held responsible for their own actions; even if they are cruel and evil Wade, C., Tavris, C., & Garry, M. (2014) (p. 276). We can also look at stereotyping and see how it causes people to commit cruel acts based on

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