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The Psychology of Good and Evil: Why Children, Adults, and Groups Help and Harm Others
This book explores the roots of goodness and evil by gathering together the knowledge gained in a lifelong study of harmful or altruistic behavior. Ervin Staub has studied what leads children and adults to help others in need and how caring, helping, and altruism develop in children; bullying and youth violence and their prevention; the roots of genocide, mass killing, and ...more
Paperback, 612 pages
Published November 9th 2003 by Cambridge University Press
(first published 2003)
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This is an uneven book -- perhaps it tries to cover too much territory. The parts that seemed strongest covered the ugly human tendency to adopt an "us vs. them" mentality and depersonalize people who are considered outside our own group. As bystanders, we may look the other way when others in our group mistreat others. Prof. Staub was born in Hungary and later emigrated to the United States. He is a child survivor of the Holocaust; he and his nuclear family survived the Nazi era in large part ...more
Dr. Ervin Staub is Emeritus Professor of Psychology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and a Fellow of both the American Psychological Society and the American Psychological Association, where he served as President of the Society for the Study of Peace, Conflict and Violence. He received his Ph.D. from Stanford University in 1965, after which he taught at Harvard University until 1973. ...more