Philip Zimbardo

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I have been primarily interested in how and why ordinary people do unusual things, things that seem alien to their natures. Why do good people sometimes act evil? Why do smart people sometimes do dumb or irrational things?

Philip Zimbardo

Human behavior is incredibly pliable, plastic.

Philip Zimbardo

After doing psychology for half a century, my passion for all of it is greater than ever.

Philip Zimbardo

The level of shyness has gone up dramatically in the last decade. I think shyness is an index of social pathology rather than a pathology of the individual.

Philip Zimbardo

There are no limits to what I would do to make my classes exciting, interesting, unpredictable.

Philip Zimbardo

My first formal research, published in 1953, was on trying to understand the dynamics of prejudice, of interaction between blacks and Puerto Ricans.

Philip Zimbardo

One can't live mindfully without being enmeshed in psychological processes that are around us.

Philip Zimbardo

The Stanford prison experiment came out of class exercises in which I encouraged students to understand the dynamics of prison life.

Philip Zimbardo

I was discriminated against because I was Jewish, Italian, black and Puerto Rican. But maybe the worst prejudice I experienced was against the poor. I grew up on welfare and often had to move in the middle of the night because we couldn't pay the rent.

Philip Zimbardo

Situational variables can exert powerful influences over human behavior, more so that we recognize or acknowledge.

Philip Zimbardo

I started studying shyness in adults in 1972. Shyness operates at so many different levels. Out of that research came the Stanford shyness clinic in 1977.

Philip Zimbardo

Academic success depends on research and publications.

Philip Zimbardo

The line between good and evil is permeable and almost anyone can be induced to cross it when pressured by situational forces.

Philip Zimbardo

Heroes are those who can somehow resist the power of the situation and act out of noble motives, or behave in ways that do not demean others when they easily can.

Philip Zimbardo

My early childhood prepared me to be a social psychologist. I grew up in a South Bronx ghetto in a very poor family. From Sicilian origin, I was the first person in my family to complete high school, let alone go to college.

Philip Zimbardo

Being hurt personally triggered a curiosity about how such beliefs are formed.

Philip Zimbardo