Critical and Creative Thinking Questions II
Dr. Such and Such
1. Have you ever changed a strongly held attitude? What caused the change for you?
I once was very ill-tempered. I can recall having a bad attitude as a baby. My memory does go back as far as being a baby in a high chair. Once I began school I did not understand why I was getting in trouble so many times. If I came across schoolwork that I did not understand and the teacher appeared to not want to help, I would become so angry I would say mean things and hurt people’s feelings. An old mentor of mine explained to me how people feel whenever you take your day out on them and since then I have I began to ...view middle of the document...
I am certain that this tactic of defense also grant the individual, who is merely being dutiful, a clear frame of mind when they decide to go back into their habitat (Krueger, J. I., & Funder, D. C. 2004).
4. What are some of the similarities between Zimbardo's prison study and the abuses at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq?
Throughout the Standford prison experiment, the students that were granted the privilege of being the guard took advantage of that privilege and handled the students who were imprisoned very cruelly and demeaning. This also happened to the soldiers at the prison Abu Ghraib. With the authority they had as soldiers, they could abuse and degrade the prisoners in tactics that were ignored by other soldiers. These examples of cruelty of authority might and probably have gave ongoing psychological influences on the prisoners concerned (Wray, H. 2007).
5. Have you ever done something in a group that you would not have done if you were alone? What happened? How did you feel? What have you learned from this chapter that might help you avoid this behavior in the future?
I can recall picking on someone back when I was nine years old. A group of my friends and I picked on that person because they had to wear a cap in class because they had a bald spot due to a fungus from wearing hair extensions for a long time. Our class had a substitute and we lied to her and said the student had to...