Social psychology first examined the phenomena later termed “bystander effect” in response to a 1964 murder. The murder of a young woman with as many as 38 witnesses and none who helped until it was too late. The bystander effect is individuals seeing an emergency situation but not helping. There are many reasons why individuals do not respond: diffusion of responsibility, not noticing or unsure if it is an emergency, and not wanting to be liable if the person still dies are a few.
As children we’re taught that we should help others in need, the golden rule, but also that we should mind our own business so really growing up we learn two contradicting beliefs, this makes us question, are we supposed to help those in need or mind our own
While tragedies like this have continued to occur, indifference makes others look away from situations and act indifferent instead of trying to resist and fight against the inhumane horrors.
The chances of being in a car crash is only 1 in 5,000. I have never been in one, but I have seen them on the sides of the roads. Tragedy is an unavoidable, and no matter the level of effect it has on a person, it is still impactful. I have been lucky enough to never have had to be a bearer of bad news, but I have had an experience that has come close. This essay is about my experience with true tragedy, and sharing my experiences with others.
Does it ever feel like you are reliving the same day? In Before I fall by Lauren Oliver, Samantha Kingston deals with a conflicting issue of reliving the same day seven times. While it may seem hard to relate to that issue, I believe that almost everyone goes through a similar feeling. During the duration of the novel, Sam deals with emotions of anger, depression, guilt, and then finally acceptance.
“Every human being has a basic instinct to help each other out. It might not seem that way sometimes, but it’s true. If a hiker gets lost in the mountains, people will coordinate a search. If a train crashes, people will line up to give blood. If an earthquake levels a city, people all over the world will send emergency supplies. This is so fundamentally human that it’s found in just every culture without exception.” This rant is one of the very last times you ever hear from Mark Watney, but it sums up the whole narrative. The quest for the extreme, the quest for the unreachable is sometimes dangerous. Mankind himself, can be cruel, uninviting, and downright dastardly to one another but when people are in need, man can rise up and persevere.
Suddenly, the female news anchor collapsed on the floor, coughing and sputtering. The entire team gathered around her, hoping that there was something they could do to save her. The male then fell, too, hacking up blood. I covered my eyes, this was too painful to watch. All their coughing then stopped and their bodies went
Bystanders can easily found in real life such as, they can be found in the places like at work, school, on the roads, and other places involving many people. These circumstances aren’t simply ignoring the situation, but their unconscious psychology plays a big role in how they react to an emergency. In this situation, people think someone else can provide help, so that, this results in people remain as the spectators. This phenomenon is called bystander effect, and this is if more witnesses are in an emergency event, the less people are likely to intervene. This bystander effect is often called as, Genovese Syndrome which is named after death of Kitty Genovese, who was murdered in 1964 while a lot of witnesses were in the same place. After this incident, many psychologists conducted many investigations and experiments on this topic in order to analyze bystanders’ psychology in encountering certain situations. However, a lot of research papers focused on the phenomenon itself, rather than talking about how the one on one situation or one to plural number of people can result differently, and how age, gender, and relationship affects psychology of bystanders associating to the topic. Therefore, this paper will explain how the group size and group type affects bystander effect throughout researches and conducting my own survey. Hopefully, this paper can provide the future scope in encouraging the people’s behaviors in encountering the emergency circumstances.
Bystander awareness is very important to our society. It is meaningful because everyone can get in a trouble and one day everyone need help. What will happen to our society if all people become indifferent to each other? New generations now are hard heated and nobody wants to risk themselves for the sake of strangers. But on the other side, it is a good point, because unreasonable risk can badly affect on you.
In Auden’s Musee des Beaux Arts, it says how a person will continue doing what they are doing. For example, a person will continue “eating or opening a window or just walking dully along” when around them there may be something that is ignored or put in a corner like a dirty dog that they don't want to help clean. The thinking is not that people don't care its just that they don't see an opportunity to help.
Dana (a pseudonym), an obliging woman, lost her faith in human nature after she was dying in a Whangamata street without any help. Last month, she had a serious stomachache and called an ambulance. During her waiting, she was too painful to move and cracked on the pavement. However, passerby just walked past and even made scornful comments. Nobody helped her. Fortunately, a kind woman finally stopped and kept accompany Dana until the ambulance arrived. For this encounter, Dana hopes that people could give a hand when they meet someone looks sick.
From my point of view, this phenomenon may result from distrust among person and it is also a crisis of confidence of society.For one thing, there is an increasing number of those who make full use of others' kindness to get dishonest benefits.A case in point is that some sympathy people helped the collapsed person, while
Later on, she began choking on her food, even a drink of water seemed to drown her. A feeding tube was then attached in order to keep her fed and hydrated. But everything that we were doing for her was for naught. During one particularly painful episode, she called me to her side and asked me “Can you help me die?” I was dumbstruck. I never thought that this woman, who lived through the horrors of life and helped raise me as a child would ever get to such a low point in her own life. I did not know how to answer her and chose to ignore the question. I pretend it was a joke instead.