These experiments provide some rather disturbing insights into human nature and include a real-life Lord of the Flies.
via The Ten Most Revealing Psych Experiments.
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I read it and kept thinking, “I wouldn’t do that.”
Am I in denial or simply a saint a nice person, a rebel, and stubborn? Can those three co-exist peacefully in the same person?
I remember a spelling quiz in grade school. The teacher gave us two chances to get the word right. The word was sweet. I spelled it s-w-e-a-t on my first try. She said I was wrong. Did I want another try? I remember thinking the only other possibility was s-w-e-e-t. But, I was so certain I had it right, I declined the opportunity to change my answer.
In that situation, I was d-u-m-m. No, thanks. I don’t want another chance to spell that. I know I’ve got it right.
Spelling “sweet” as “sweat” on a quiz sounds like a Freudian slip I would commit. I get terrible test anxiety, even on a little job related quizzes designed so everyone passes, unless they slept through the entire training.
Anyway, there’s another phenomenon that’s in that article that’s just as disturbing. Everybody thinks that if they saw a person being victimized in some way, she would immediately notify the police. Unfortunately, this turns out not to be the case. When there’s a large crowd, people are less likely to make the call, thinking that somebody else must have already made it. The result is obvious. I have a a feeling that if I wrote a story around that, a lot of the feedback would be “This doesn’t ring true. Surely somebody would have called…”
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