Social Psychology Quotes

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John Steinbeck
“In every bit of honest writing in the world, there is a base theme. Try to understand men, if you understand each other you will be kind to each other. KNOWING A MAN WELL NEVER LEADS TO HATE and nearly always leads to love. There are shorter means, many of them. There is writing promoting social change, writing punishing injustice, writing in celebration of heroism, but always that base theme. TRY TO UNDERSTAND EACH OTHER!”
John Steinbeck, Of Mice and Men

Philip G. Zimbardo
“If you put good apples into a bad situation, you’ll get bad apples.”
Philip G. Zimbardo

Philip G. 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

سلمان العودة
“إن الكثيرين لا يريدون منا حلاًّ لمشكلاتهم، بقدر ما يريدون القلب الذي يتوجَّع ويتأسَّى، وكما قيل:
ولابد من شكوى إلى ذِي مَروءةٍ يواسيك أو يسليك أو يتوجَّعُ”
سلمان العودة, بناتي

Philip G. 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

Philip G. 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

Philip G. Zimbardo
“Human behavior is incredibly pliable, plastic.”
Philip Zimbardo

Philip G. Zimbardo
“Time perspective is one of the most powerful influences on all of human behavior. We're trying to show how people become biased to being exclusively past-, present- or future-oriented.”
Philip Zimbardo

Philip G. Zimbardo
“Being hurt personally triggered a curiosity about how such beliefs are formed.”
Philip Zimbardo

Arthur Schopenhauer
“There is one thing that, more than any other, throws people absolutely off their balance — the thought that you are dependent upon them. This is sure to produce an insolent and domineering manner towards you. There are some people, indeed, who become rude if you enter into any kind of relation with them; for instance, if you have occasion to converse with them frequently upon confidential matters, they soon come to fancy that they can take liberties with you, and so they try and transgress the laws of politeness. This is why there are so few with whom you care to become more intimate, and why you should avoid familiarity with vulgar people. If a man comes to think that I am more dependent upon him than he is upon me, he at once feels as though I had stolen something from him; and his endeavor will be to have his vengeance and get it back. The only way to attain superiority in dealing with men, is to let it be seen that you are independent of them.”
Arthur Schopenhauer, The Wisdom of Life and Counsels and Maxims

Philip G. Zimbardo
“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

Stanley Milgram
“Each individual possesses a conscience which to a greater or lesser degree serves to restrain the unimpeded flow of impulses destructive to others. But when he merges his person into an organizational structure, a new creature replaces autonomous man, unhindered by the limitations of individual morality, freed of humane inhibition, mindful only of the sanctions of authority.”
Stanley Milgram

Philip G. Zimbardo
“Situational variables can exert powerful influences over human behavior, more so that we recognize or acknowledge.”
Philip Zimbardo

Philip G. Zimbardo
“One can't live mindfully without being enmeshed in psychological processes that are around us.”
Philip Zimbardo

“By what criteria can one decide which of a person's countless beliefs are primitive? The essential factor is that they are taken for granted: a person's primitive beliefs represent the basic truths he holds about physical reality, social reality, and himself and his own nature. Like all beliefs, conscious or unconscious, they have a personal aspect: they are rooted in the individual's experience and in the evidence of his senses. Like all beliefs, they also have a social aspect: with regard to every belief a person forms, he also forms some notion of how many other people have the experience and the knowledge necessary to share it with him, and of how close the agreement is among this group. Unlike other beliefs, however, primitive beliefs are normally not open to discussion or controversy. Either they do not come up in conversation because everyone shares them and everyone takes them for granted, or, if they do come up, they are virtually unassailable by outside forces. The criterion of social support is totally rejected; it is as if the individual said: "Nobody else could possibly know or have experienced what I have." Or, to quote a popular refrain: "Nobody knows the trouble I've seen."
 A person's primitive beliefs thus lie at the very core of his total system of beliefs, and they represent the subsystem in which he has the heaviest emotional commitment.”
Milton Rokeach, The Three Christs of Ypsilanti: A Psychological Study

Abhijit Naskar
“In the hands of corrupt citizens democracy gives rise to a corrupt nation.”
Abhijit Naskar, Build Bridges not Walls: In the name of Americana

Abhijit Naskar
“Start being the change yourself, and the world will change - see the rules that harm the society and overwhelm them with reasoning, compassion and conscience, and they will cease to exist, perhaps slowly, but inevitably.”
Abhijit Naskar, Fabric of Humanity

Abhijit Naskar
“It pains me to say, that almost all of humanity has become obsessed with the pompous and fake glory of fame, that's why the dumbest words of the famous appear wise and the wisest words of the commoner seem dumb. Such is the society you live in - such is the society we all are proud to be a part of - shame on us!”
Abhijit Naskar, Fabric of Humanity

Abhijit Naskar
“The difference between a dictator and a true leader, is in intention. Given enough resources anybody can manipulate the minds of the masses and become their chosen authority, for the masses rarely look past the veil of the candidate's charm. And this is more evident today than ever, as a psychologically unfit misogynistic bully has swayed his way into the oval office with nothing but charm and charisma. So, basically we live in a society where a bully can become the authority of a great nation, the history of which is filled with true leaders who were the forerunners of humanitarian glory and real progress - these leaders were not simply the leaders of a country, or a party, but they were and still remain in the heart of the civilized humans as the leaders of humanity. They were the torch-bearers of egalitarianism and their light spread across the globe and touched countless lives with the warmth of humaneness. They lived among the masses but they didn't let the prejudices of the masses become their own, let alone infect the masses with more prejudices, unlike today's so-called leadership in America. They made America truly a great nation, by turning it into a symbol of liberty and acceptance, and today that very greatness is at stake, as the primitive evils of prejudices and discriminations have once again begun to creep into its backbone, through the words and actions of its very so-called leader. This is not a threat to democracy, for democracy itself at our current evolutionary stage, is a threat to our progress, rather it is a threat to the heritage of every single act of kindness, reasoning and acceptance ever committed in the history of humanity. The masses are existentially allowed to talk nonsense and advocate prejudices, but when an authority of the masses begins to talk nonsense and advocate prejudice and bigotry, it is an existential crisis for not just those masses but all humans around the world, with implications of catastrophic proportions. A leader is to take away prejudices from the psychological edifice of a country - a leader is to uplift a country, that is, a people, while warming their minds with the gentle flames of love, acceptance and reasoning. In fact, that's the only kind of true leadership there is, rest are just uncivilized tribalism that brings along more and more conflicts in the heart of the people within a country as well as outside of it.”
Abhijit Naskar, Build Bridges not Walls: In the name of Americana

Abhijit Naskar
“When a civil servant or politician acts out of self-interest, it's called corruption, but when a citizen does it, it's called public interest.”
Abhijit Naskar, Build Bridges not Walls: In the name of Americana

Abhijit Naskar
“A corrupt nation is born not from corrupt politicians, but from corrupt citizens.”
Abhijit Naskar

“We know more about the lives of celebrities, than the truth hidden in our wars.”
Efrat Cybulkiewicz

Abhijit Naskar
“At our current evolutionary stage, a mass of people is no more wise than a pack of wolves.”
Abhijit Naskar, Build Bridges not Walls: In the name of Americana

Abhijit Naskar
“Delusions believed by billions are still delusions and the truth of one humanity embraced by even one human is still the truth.”
Abhijit Naskar, Build Bridges not Walls: In the name of Americana

Abhijit Naskar
“The true purpose of law should not be to maintain order, rather it should be to create a truly lawless society.”
Abhijit Naskar, Fabric of Humanity

Abhijit Naskar
“If your spouse gets sick, who would you visit - your non-doctor neighbor or an actual doctor! Any sane person would visit a doctor over a non-doctor neighbor, even if that neighbor happens to be a celebrity, because it is common knowledge that fame or charisma is not equivalent to medical expertise, yet when it comes to choosing a doctor to treat the sickness of a nation, the masses most proudly elect any charismatic chimpanzee over a humble, wise and conscientious leader.”
Abhijit Naskar, The Constitution of The United Peoples of Earth

Abhijit Naskar
“In order to ensure proper progressive, non-prejudicial and non-barbarian functioning of a government, on top of the government hierarchy, in each nation, all political activities will be monitored and guided by a group of scholars, comprising scientists and philosophers.”
Abhijit Naskar, The Constitution of The United Peoples of Earth

Abhijit Naskar
“in order to rise as an original creature with original meaning in life, one must first accept the death of the identity imposed by one's culture.”
Abhijit Naskar, The Constitution of The United Peoples of Earth

“It depends what you want your life to be like... if you're thirsty for water, then don't settle with the finest wine.”
Efrat Cybulkiewicz

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