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Academic success depends on research and publications.
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After doing psychology for half a century, my passion for all of it is greater than ever.
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At North Hollywood High School, I was shunned by everyone. I would sit down in the cafeteria, and students would get up from the table and walk away. They thought I was from the Mafia.
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Being hurt personally triggered a curiosity about how such beliefs are formed.
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Careers in virtually all academic disciplines are fostered by being a superstar who knows more about one subject than anyone else in the world.
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Evil is knowing better, but willingly doing worse.
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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.
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Human behavior is incredibly pliable, plastic.
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I almost didn't get accepted into Yale University graduate school because many on the psychology faculty thought I was black.
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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?
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I reconceptualized this prison research in the context of the psychology of evil. Although psychology is starting to focus on the upbeat, the other side of human nature is still this darker side.
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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.
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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.
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I've always thought of Allen Funt as a brilliant, intuitive social psychologist.
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My earliest systematic research was on attitude change and social influence, as part of the Yale Attitude Change Program.
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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.
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My first formal research, published in 1953, was on trying to understand the dynamics of prejudice, of interaction between blacks and Puerto Ricans.
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One can't live mindfully without being enmeshed in psychological processes that are around us.
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Prejudice and discrimination have always been a big part of my life. When I was 6, I got beat up and called dirty Jew boy because they thought I looked Jewish.
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Situational variables can exert powerful influences over human behavior, more so that we recognize or acknowledge.
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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.
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The line between good and evil is permeable and almost anyone can be induced to cross it when pressured by situational forces.
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The Stanford prison experiment came out of class exercises in which I encouraged students to understand the dynamics of prison life.
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There are no limits to what I would do to make my classes exciting, interesting, unpredictable.
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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.
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Treating other people as insignificant, as anonymous, as dehumanized, bothered me very much. So one of the things I studied later on was the psychology of deindividuation.
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What happens when good people are put into an evil place? Do they triumph or does the situation dominate their past history and morality?
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What troubles me is the Internet and the electronic technology revolution. Shyness is fueled in part by so many people spending huge amounts of time alone, isolated on e-mail, in chat rooms, which reduces their face-to-face contact with other people.
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