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Hi! I am in IBDP Y1 and we have to write our EE. I have chosen to write my EE in Psychology. I just want to know if my topic is good or not.

I want to explore the concept of tyranny, going in depth about why people perform “evil” actions -- that is, why do people hurt others or take advantage of other people. Here, I will be comparing the banality of evil thesis by Hannah Arendt, which claims that ordinary people commit atrocities without awareness, care, or choice; with the theory that perpetrators act thoughtfully, creatively, and with conviction. They are influenced by groups and are transformed because of that.

Is this a good topic to go ahead with? Also, what research question can I make for this?

 
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I can't really help you with forming a question for that. 

However I just read your topic. Personally I think that sounds ABSOLUTELY AMAZING. It sounds really interesting and I would want to read that and I'm not even taking psychology. Remember you will end up changing your question a lot throughout the process as your found research can sometimes change things. So the question doesn't need to be 100% perfect right now. If you can just get a professional sounding, precise question, you're set to do really well.

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On 12/11/2020 at 6:59 PM, Indiaca said:

I can't really help you with forming a question for that. 

However I just read your topic. Personally I think that sounds ABSOLUTELY AMAZING. It sounds really interesting and I would want to read that and I'm not even taking psychology. Remember you will end up changing your question a lot throughout the process as your found research can sometimes change things. So the question doesn't need to be 100% perfect right now. If you can just get a professional sounding, precise question, you're set to do really well.

Thank you so much! I was really worried about my topic, so this is a big relief :)

Thanks for the advice about the RQ as well. I will definitely keep that in mind while writing.

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