The Mind of the Bystander

The Mind of the Bystander

This is an example of the bystander effect. The people walking in this video have several reasons not to help them man lying on the ground. The reasons range from giving excuses for his behavior ("he's  drunk"), which to them is not a really important reason to help him, to putting the responsibility on others ("I'm sure someone else will handle it").

This is an example of the bystander effect. The people walking in this video have several reasons not to help them man lying on the ground. The reasons range from giving excuses for his behavior ("he's drunk"), which to them is not a really important reason to help him, to putting the responsibility on others ("I'm sure someone else will handle it").

The bystander effect, or bystander apathy, is a social psychological phenomenon that refers to cases in which individuals do not offer any means of help to a victim when other people are present. The probability of help is inversely related to the number of bystanders. In other words, the greater the number of bystanders, the less likely it is that any one of them will help. Several variables help to explain why the bystander effect occurs. These variables include: ambiguity, cohesiveness…

The bystander effect, or bystander apathy, is a social psychological phenomenon that refers to cases in which individuals do not offer any means of help to a victim when other people are present. The probability of help is inversely related to the number of bystanders. In other words, the greater the number of bystanders, the less likely it is that any one of them will help. Several variables help to explain why the bystander effect occurs. These variables include: ambiguity, cohesiveness…

Why would a person standby and fail to help another person in trouble? In social psychology, this is known as the bystander effect. Learn why it happens and explore some examples.

What Is the Bystander Effect?

Why would a person standby and fail to help another person in trouble? In social psychology, this is known as the bystander effect. Learn why it happens and explore some examples.

A project carried out with the intention of informing people of the bystander effect, how it happens, its repercussions, and how to avoid it. Easy-to-comprehend posters, flyers, and a manifesto were created to help people understand the bystander phenom…

A project carried out with the intention of informing people of the bystander effect, how it happens, its repercussions, and how to avoid it. Easy-to-comprehend posters, flyers, and a manifesto were created to help people understand the bystander phenom…

The 1964 Kitty Genovese Tragedy: What Have We Learned?   The Bystander Effect Resources from Psychology Today

The 1964 Kitty Genovese Tragedy: What Have We Learned? The Bystander Effect Resources from Psychology Today

Black Lives Matter by niXerKG, Flickr, CC BY-NC 2.0.

Black Lives Matter by niXerKG, Flickr, CC BY-NC 2.0.

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