OK, This is a pretty hardcore example of how human nature can turn people into monsters but it does have good foundational roots in peoples attitudes in other scenarios. So if we put this experiment into the context of non military non prison but a normal working environment what do we see?
What we see is individuals in the work place who may or may not have narcissistic tendencies taking on roles of perceived greater importance. They have delusions of grandeur and feel that they must be obeyed and indeed on occasion take feelings of satisfaction from workplace bullying.
This bullying does not have to take the form of physical abuse but usually takes the form of minor psychological abuse, Making the individual feel more important than they really are, whilst at the same time trying to make other employees having feelings of low self esteem.
It is almost like play ground bullying and other employees can get sucked into the problem by encouraging the ill treatment thereby making sure that it doesn’t happen to them.
Signs of this type of individual can with a small amount of intuition be easily spotted..
"A typical bully has trouble resolving problems with others and also has trouble academically.
He or she usually has negative attitudes and beliefs about others, feels negatively toward himself [or] herself, comes from a family environment characterised by conflict and poor parenting, Generally an underachiever without many goals in life or the will or desire for self improvement.
The individual will break the rules of physics by spreading gossip and rumour as fact, at speeds exceeding the speed of light and whilst I said at the top of this section they may or may not exhibit narcissistic tendencies, the very probably will.
The best way of dealing with these individuals it to take them into a dark alley and beat them to within an inch of their miserable lives with a big stick, however been as that is not really a viable or legal option here are a few pointers,