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Psychological Explanation of "Kite Runner"

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Transcript of Psychological Explanation of "Kite Runner"

Lauren Whitehead Psychology Behind "The Kite Runner" What would you have done?
Would you help or wait for someone else to help? Why didn't Amir do anything to help Hassan?

Why did he run away?

What was going on through Amir's head when the incident happened?

Here's a psychological explanation... The Bystander Effect the tendency for any given bystander to be less likely to give aid if other bystanders are present Cognitive Appraisal Theory states that a person’s evaluative judgment (or appraisal) of a situation or event determines or contributes to his or her emotional response to it. Amir probably kept quiet about the rape because he hoped that someone else would acknowledge Hassan's rape instead of him having to. Example Amir's appraisal of the situation was threatening to him

Mind was all over the place because seeing the rape was new and threatening to him


Can't believe this is in this situation so he froze up Fight or Flight our body's primitive, automatic, inborn response that prepares the body to "fight" or "flee" from perceived attack, harm or threat to our survival. When our medulla is stimulated, it secretes the hormone adrenaline that prepares our body for running or fighting. Amir's body response was to run. His body decided to "flee" from the situation in order to protect himself.

Hassan body prepared him to fight Decision Making Intimidated, afraid to get involved because he fears he will get in trouble with Assef and his gang. Stress affects our behavior during emergencies.

Decision making requires 5 factors: Detection of the problem
Definition or diagnosis of the problem
Consideration of options
Choosing the best option
Execution of the best option that was chosen Factors that impact our ability to solve problems in a limited amount of time: Knowledge and attitudes
Information quality
STRESS Amir being in a stressful situation has impaired his ability to make a proper diagnosis of a problem. His reaction to the problem could have been different if he have had lower stress levels. Monologue
Amir's journal entry: THE
END Questions?? Never in my life did I think I would have to put the words "Hassan" and "rape" into the same sentence. What a terrible experience. Something I definitely was not ready for. Probably explains why I froze up in the heat of the moment. How could I just leave him there alone? In the hands of Assef? After he had ran my enemies kite just for me? It's as if my legs had a mind of their own. When they wanted to run, they meant it. Should I say anything to Hassan? To Baba or Ali? Hopefully someone else will figure it out so I don't have to be the one to deliver the bad news. It'd be too intimidating for me.
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