We watched a documentary type show a few months back (can't recall any info) where a psychologist took two teams of 20/30 somethings and placed them in a prison situation. By random chance, each was either placed as a jailer or jailee. Then harmless, nonsensical rules were implemented and the behavior was monitored. The prisoners all turned rebellious and the jailers all turn tyrannical. The experiment had to be stopped by an unbiased occasional observer because even the psychologist started getting offensive and physical with the prisoners. All members were upstanding men with no records at all.
The entire experiment lasted just 5 of the scheduled 14 days.
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