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Posted 1/25/16

dotsforlife wrote:

I thought it was just my natural "no fucks given effect."


I gotta agree with the man above. Though I made a career as a soldier helping those who are truly helpless no citizen of a first world country has that excuse. We are all capable of defending ourselves., after all if I was in a situation my skills and experience couldn't handle I'd hate being saved by an other's power. I'd rather die ya dig. And I am sure others would feel the same.

That being said if somebody directly asked me for help I'd give it. No promises I'd respect them afterwards though.
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I generally would help people no matter what but its a weird effect but i'm sure that its not always a bad thing.
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Hmm..don't know.
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I think it's kinda sad, but most people just don't seem to want to help anyone in need. Most are either selfish or just don't wanna get involved themselves.
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Depending on the situation Id help. For example if I saw a couple fighting(including female aggressors) id try to interject or call the police if anything
Posted 1/25/16

Aeroclimatic wrote:

I think it's kinda sad, but most people just don't seem to want to help anyone in need. Most are either selfish or just don't wanna get involved themselves.


It's the "bystander effect". I find it somewhat ironic.
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I think it's a case of waiting for someone else to step up first. I don't think it typically has anything to do with not wanting to help. Some people have a hard time taking the initiative, especially if they are in an unfamiliar situation.
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TripleBakaKimidori wrote:

It's a psychological phenomenon. It does happen to everyone-- so trying to sound all cool and aloof about going against it just sounds like beansprout to me. Unless your socio-cultural sense is skewed or downright missing-- in which case you wouldn't even be here in the first place.


-well, I suppose it's just another byproduct of our [relatively] enhanced sense of awareness, so... ?


Your comment is generally applicable, I am not neurotypical and have already been in situations where others stand around. I always act as soon as I see an appropriate course of action, sometimes almost immediately. I have faced armed men, interfered when someone was being assaulted, prevented two drownings, and delivered first aid on several occasions including one where it prevented the loss of a limb.

People can train themselves or be trained to circumvent the bystander effect even if they are neurotypical though. Many people underestimate how much their wiring can interfere with their intentions and will until they experience it.
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kinga750 wrote:

I think it's a case of waiting for someone else to step up first. I don't think it typically has anything to do with not wanting to help. Some people have a hard time taking the initiative, especially if they are in an unfamiliar situation.


It's basically us subconsciously excusing ourselves from helping because others are in the position to do so. I do not feign people to be "evil" for inaction though.
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I think and know that it is very real, and I would muster all the forces of my will to not let myself fall prey to such cowardice.
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Anyone hardly need help! Except one day, I was walking out of the Store with Mother and there this Elderly Guy laying on the ground between parked Car, and I walk over and asking him if he ok.. since I'm deaf/Hard of hearing.. wasn't sure what he said.. Mother told me to help him up so I did.. And now Lady across the Parking Space start coming over and asking him if he Okay.

Is it me, that when you help people, all sudden others join in with you?

Its kinda of Odd, Because the Parking Space wasn't Icy (to easy to fall).. I recall this happen during late Fall and it was nice outside.. Not sure how that guy just fall on the ground.. its seem like he sit down and put his leg out to see if people willing to help him when they walk by and seeing him laying there like he was helpless.. Which he doesn't seem to be.. Since he wasn't yelling out for Help.. -shrugs-
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Lets say that My Mother wasn't with me at that time, If I saw him and My truck was parked next to him.. I just ignored him and continue on my way to the Truck and just leave...

I'm just curious.. Does this mean I'm Psychopath?
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XxDarkSasuxX wrote:

Depends on the situation. Usually people don't get involved because it's not really their place to get involved. You can usually tell when, but I usually draw the line at if someone's getting physically or, to an extent, verbally abused; I'll step in and say something.


Ditto dat
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LordDust wrote:


TripleBakaKimidori wrote:

It's a psychological phenomenon. It does happen to everyone-- so trying to sound all cool and aloof about going against it just sounds like beansprout to me. Unless your socio-cultural sense is skewed or downright missing-- in which case you wouldn't even be here in the first place.


-well, I suppose it's just another byproduct of our [relatively] enhanced sense of awareness, so... ?


Your comment is generally applicable, I am not neurotypical and have already been in situations where others stand around. I always act as soon as I see an appropriate course of action, sometimes almost immediately. I have faced armed men, interfered when someone was being assaulted, prevented two drownings, and delivered first aid on several occasions including one where it prevented the loss of a limb.

People can train themselves or be trained to circumvent the bystander effect even if they are neurotypical though. Many people underestimate how much their wiring can interfere with their intentions and will until they experience it.


And what would be ways to train yourself into ignoring said effect?
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It's like A-level psychology all over again.
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