Psychology of Evil

If you were to ask a random person on the street whether they are inherently good or evil, what do you think they would say? Better yet, if someone were to ask you this question, how would you respond? Can a good person be guilty of carrying out evil deeds? If we deeply contemplate these questions, coming to accurate conclusions may be much more complicated than it first appears.

The human condition is inherently complex. Philosophers and psychologists have long struggled to both conceptualize what it means to be ‘evil’ and to explain the factors that lead to evil deeds. The primary aim of this course is to introduce you to the science behind the dark side of humanity. The psychology of evil will be explored through different viewpoints: the person, the situation, and the relationship between the person and the situation. You will learn about the research on personality factors linked to evil, situational pressures that persuade people to act immorally, and how people are susceptible to these influences. After completing this course, you will have obtained an in-depth understanding of how evil is conceptualized, what leads some people to be perceived as evil, and how good people can commit evil acts.

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Psychology Insights Online is comprised of a team of Ph.D. level researchers, psychologists, and professors who are dedicated to sharing their knowledge of psychology with anyone who wants to learn. Our team consists of seasoned university lecturers with years of in-class and online learning teaching experience. At Psychology Insights, our goal is to provide students with high-quality courses that feature the latest cutting-edge research in the field of psychology. You’ll find our courses to not only be incredibly informative but also a lot of fun!