On Wednesday I had the great honor of meeting with Dr. Phil Zimbardo. Phil is best known for the seminal Stanford Prison Experiment and is one of the most prominent people in shaping the face of modern psychology as we know it today. He spent decades studying evil behavior and the situations that encourage it. Most recently his focus of research is heroism, “the antidote to evil behavior”, its causes, and how the values and skill of being an everyday-hero can be taught.
As a situationist, Phil made an interesting observation about Ride Of Your Life. Encountering a variety of new situations is the key to learning new skills and building strength. Being on the road and going from town to town is an effective way to put oneself it new situations and build these resiliency skills in an expedited fashion.
Here is a short excerpt from our conversation about good and evil, and the value of challenges.