Fireflies and a positive side to the Lucifer effect
Posted Jun 27 2009 9:16pm
In his Positive Psychology News Daily article, Derrick Carpenter writes about experiencing a firefly: “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 Phil Zimbardo who “discussed the research presented in his book The Lucifer Effect: Understanding How Good People Turn Evil. 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.”