If You Were A Prisoner Essay

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4.) If you were a prisoner, would you have been able to endure the experience? What would you have done differently than those subjects did? If you were imprisoned in a “real” prison for five years or more, could you take it?
If I was a prisoner, I do not think I could deal with experiencing the prison life. I have always liked my own personal space and I do not allow people to get that close to me. In prison, people are everywhere and you could not have a free second for yourself. There are no 4 walls to go to, where you could be completely alone. If you are in prison, you also have to be a team player because if you stayed alone, you would not last long in there. My personality does not let other people control me. I like to be a leader,
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The study was stopped after only six days because Christina Maslach complained about the conditions of the prison after she was introduced to the experiment. After this realization, Zimbardo stopped the experiment. Now, knowing that the guards would psychologically torture the prisoners, I would not try to conduct this study. Every human being likes to have power, some people like it more than other depending on the personality. Even though this was only an experiment, the guards had the power to control the prisoners by creating feeling of boredom and sense of fear. After a few days, the guards actually believed that they were the higher power and nothing was wrong with what they were doing to other participants who happened to be picked as a prisoner. The experiment went wrong when Zimbardo himself became a participant in his own study and did not see that the experiment became unethical towards the prisoners. The guards and the prisoners were grossly absorbed in their specific roles. So, I feel like that should have been the point when I would have stopped the experiment. However, if I was in Zimbardo’s position, I would have needed help from somebody outside of the experiment to recognize that the whole study was unethical. The study was highly unethical because this experiment lead to a dangerous and psychologically damaging situation. I would have not conducted a follow-up study because it would be unethical to people in this situation, even though they agree to participate in the experiment. I would only do a observational research where the participants are actual prisoners and guards because in that case every participant would be put in the role that they

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