While reading the tragic stories of bystander nonintervention, I was appalled on how the bystanders were watching these horrible events, and not doing anything about it. But after reading paragraphs on how safety in numbers is just a hoax, I came to the conclusion that this has happened in my life as well to a certain extent. The causes of bystander noninterventions are pluralistic ignorance, the error of assuming that no one in the group perceives things as we do, and diffusion of responsibility, the presence of others makes each person feel less responsible for the outcome. It has happened many times where I have seen a drunk or homeless person walking the streets, and my first thought is always that they need help, but then I look around and find that no one else is helping them so maybe I'm seeing the situation worse than it really is. Why is it that I feel the need to conform to what other people are thinking, why can't I just believe what my first initial thought was and stick with that thought. I was very interested in reading this part of the textbook, because it really stuck with me that as a bystander we don't help as much or as often as we should. What do you guys make of this picture, and how do you think you would react?
Causes of Bystander Nonintervention
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