Fireflies and a positive side to the Lucifer effect

In a Positive Psychology News Daily article, Derrick Carpenter writes about experiencing a firefly:

Firefly-at-night“Its body flashed, emitting a gorgeous amber light… I was instantly reminded of innocent and perfect childhood summers.”

He goes on to write about Stanford psychologist Philip Zimbardo who discussed research presented in his book The Lucifer Effect: Understanding How Good People Turn Evil.

“Using images from his famous Stanford prison experiment and real-world examples including the horrific treatment of prisoners at Abu Ghraib, Zimbardo explained the power of situational influences that push otherwise good people to do bad things.

“But just as fireflies use an enzyme luciferase to create their glow, Zimbardo believes there may a positive flip side to the Lucifer effect.”

Continued in Fireflies and Flourishing in Numbers (IPPA Insights).

[Image from article: Fireflies by shamsul.]


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