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Bystander Effect

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Taylor von Rentzell

on 8 October 2012

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What's the bystander effect?? This is a classic example of the "Bystander Effect" Diffusion of Responsibility When in situations of distress, people who are in larger groups assume that others will intervene before them. And often, no one does "It's not MY problem." Bullying and the Bystander Effect Children will participate in this just as much as adults. They will:
recognize a problem (like someone being bullied)
see how the other children react
act accordingly. If no one stops the bullying, neither will the child if no one reacts, neither will they Schools now integrate anti-bullying programs into their curriculum, which teaches kids that: It's there job to help someone in need They can feel empowered
be rewarded by doing the right thing Alcohol and the Bystander Effect College kids can also be an example of this effect.
mob mentality According to Thomas Vander Ven, at a college party everyone is trying to have a good time, so the concern for others is even less important
Leads to an increase in the risk for violent behavior (rape and sexual assault) "Something always gets broken. Somebody dropped a glass, you know, somebody knocked over a cup, somebody broke our thermostat. As the night goes on people tend to get rowdier and rowdier and guys want to get in fights. Girls want to start yelling at their boyfriends. It's a good time, you know?" (Vander Ven, Getting Wasted) Social Influence We have Social Inhibitions. We don't want to intervene because we think that we'll be judged We also suffer from Pluralistic Ignorance - we don't want to offer help if it's not necessary So why does it happen?? We let the Bystander Effect happen because it's in our human nature. When a situation arises, we automatically assess it in 3 ways: Pluralistic Ignorance Diffusion of Responsibility Altruism It's the concept of selfless helping! A phenomenon in psychology in which the greater number of people present, the less likely people are to help a person in distress. the more the people, the less likely you are to help out "One present, but not taking part in a situation or event: A chance spectator." It could happen in our own lives. Everyday we might come across a situation where we must choose to help or not Why should we care?? Why don't we do anything? "Will this bring unwanted attention to me?" Social Inhibition "Surely, someone else will help before me!" "What is everyone else doing?" : unselfish regard for or the devotion to the welfare of others. So what makes you a 'Bystander'? What is the psychology behind it?
How can children and young adults display it?
Why don't we do anything?
Why does it happen?
How do we avoid it? About Psychology.com -Merriam Webster Dictionary-
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