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Everyday Heroism
August 27, 2008, 2:14 am
Filed under: Get Activist, Get Friendly

Heroism is an ideal as old as humanity. Who will be the heroes of the 21st Century? What is heroism in the digital age? These are a few of the questions that a new group of researchers are seeking to understand.

Everyday Heroism is designed to bring together the general public and scholars interested in this topic to explore what heroism is, who performs heroic acts, and why.

Heroism Survey
Asks people to help better understand what heroism is.

The survey takes about 15 minutes to complete.

If you are interested in participating, please click here.


The Banality of Heroism”
Zeno Franco & Dr. Philip Zimbardo (2007). Greater Good Magazine. (2MB pdf).

The Lucifer Effect: Understanding How Good People Turn Evil. Dr. Zimbardo’s new book and website by the same title.

For Goodness’ Sake. Essay for O Magazine, Dr. Zimbardo, April 2007. (.doc)

“Is Lei Feng (雷锋) Still a Modern Hero?: A Consideration of Heroic Action in the Context of Culture” Paper. Franco, Z.E., Pamlin, D., Langdon, M., Blau, K. & Zimbardo, P. For the 4th International Conference on Humanistic and Transpersonal Psychology and Psychotherapy, Guangzhou, China


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Thanks for the plug Katie. I’m the Langdon, M. on that last paper and am part of the hero movement. You can see some more details at my Hero Workshop blog:

Comment by Matt Langdon

@Matt…love your work!

I took the survey and gave feedback at the time. My take is that it really is time to reconstruct our definitions of heroism (which could broadly be defined as a male expression in response to violence).

For me, the main difference between altruism and heroism is the personal sacrifice involved.

Comment by katiechatfield

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