Blog: The Dirty Dozen - 2010-12-01
As I mentioned, I've been doing my own analysis of the "Bad Barrel" factors in Scientology, that is, what are the systemic factors that tend to make for a toxic environment within the Scientology world.
This follows on my last post, and was inspired by reading Philip Zimbardo's book, The Lucifer Effect: Understanding How Good People Turn Evil. Zimbardo, the Stanford professor who conducted the famous Stanford Prison Experiment, argues that while most people blame individuals for evil acts ("bad apples"), there can also be situational and systemic factors that can cause even normal people to carry out, support or condone evil acts ("bad barrels"). And note that I said "also;" it's not either/or.
This started me thinking about the systemic factors in Scientology that contribute to an abusive environment. Are there things in the culture of Scientology, in its DNA, so to speak, that cause Scientology organizations to become toxic?