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Psych of Evil lecture 3 WHAT ARE THE FEATURES OF THE PROTOTYPE OF EVIL? 1. Harm – severity, extremety matters - Focus: event, victim - The More extreme, the more evil 2. Intentionality – “repeat offender” status matter - Focus: perpetrator - Data: *Mr. X had sexual contact with Ms. Y. Situation 1: Mr. X has HIV and knows it yet still had sex with Ms. Y. Situation 2: Mr. X didn’t know he has HIV and had sex with Ms. Y. *Intent + harm = most evil accdg to respondents *Less intentional = less evil 3. (Lack of) Justifiability – how people are making sense of an evil deed - Focus: perceiver, who’ vantage point? - Taking perpetrator’s perspective matter - The “swing vote” - Moves evil to the greatest extent Data: *S1: Ms. X who killed two men who were raping her 6 year old daughter. S2: Ms. X killed two men after luring them to her apartment with wild sex. * what differs here is how people regard Ms. X’s behavior.  Justifiability moves evil to its extent - Ms. Y as 30 or a 12 year old (the situation in the former example above). - When Ms. Y is 30, low intent, evil judgment is low - When Ms. Y is 12, absence of intent, evil judgment is in high of middle scale only - When Ms. Y is 12, high intent, highest evil judgment scale + high harm - When Ms. Y is 30, high intent, highest as well = high harm  Two other research examples: A. Quiles et. al. 2010 - Gave people various examples of behaviors which involved some kind of harm (intentional infliction of harm) - The aggressiveness of behavior varies - The evilness of the behaviors varies E.g.: Killing the person for pleasure – 6.7 scale; Killing one person to depend oneself – 1.7 scale - Both are killing other people but it depends on how other people justify the evil deeds B. Alford, 1997 - “Eikman is not evil because he just did what he is supposed to do.” – People put justification Can Intent to harm (without actual harm) be evil? A. The Wile E. Cayote Study - Wile E. cayote intended bombing, harming the rodent but haven’t actually did it - Is Wile E. cayote Evil? - Study involves two stories: Story 1: Doe John Inflicted harm and actua
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