Monday, April 14, 2014

Bystander effect-subway tragedy

This article analyzes an event most of us should remember. The man who was pushed into the subway tracks by a homeless man and nobody ever helped him, which resulted in the tragic ending of his life as he was hit by a train.
This article points out thebystander effect, which is the inhibitance of help when others are present. It points out three social psychology processes: audience inhibitiuon, which is they don't want to risk embarassement by over analyzing the situation, social inhibition, analyzing the actions/expressions of others to determine how to react, and diffusion of responsibility, which is thinking that there are others there so they will help.
The lack of action may surprise people but the article also brings up another point. The TV show "What Would You Do?" had a situation where a girl was being kidnapped and no one helped. there is an idea of the lack of a community which is why they didn't help, but for a child? I think people are too selfish to get involved. It is shocking to me how unhelpful we are, and if I were in that sort of situation I would hope I would be one to help.

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