The Psychology of Legitimacy of Wrong Doing


The results of the Milgram Experiment carried out at Yale University on May 1962, clearly raised the possibility that human nature can not be trusted to insulate men from brutality and inhumane treatment at the discretion of malevolent authority.

A substantial percentage of the men, do what they are told to do, irrespective of the content of the act and without limitations of the conscience, so long as they perceive that the command comes from a legitimate authority.

The question remains:

“How would You act if you were ordered to act against your will at the cost of another human being?”

And that is a matter of choice rather than a question on Human Psychology…