Bystander Effect Essay

279 Words2 Pages
Bystander Effect In a situation where someone requires help, the greater the number of bystander present, the less likely any individual bystander is to help the person in need. Studies performed suggested that most people go to help a person having a seizure when they think they are the only person who can hear or help. If an individual believes that other people can also hear the person in need, they are less likely to help. People also look at their reference group; those with whom they feel affiliated, to influence how to behave. If they see people behaving indifferently, they tend to do the same, but if even one person chooses to help, the other will also tend to follow. Unfortunately this example is terrible but true, the story of Catherine Genovese her story and essay by author Gansberg is titled "37 Who Saw Murder Didn't Call the Police." What we learn from the story is that her cries for help in the middle of the night in Kew Gardens led thirty seven people to watch her being stabbed with a silent reaction, no one called the police. The stabbing occurred in three separate attacks. The crime was terrifying because witnesses to the crime might very well have saved her life if only they had the courage and the compassion to call for help. It makes me like that the people were afraid of being harmed, but it wasn’t as if they had to go down to help. It would have only taken one phone call to save this woman. Just to think in the end, they could have found out this was someone close to

More about Bystander Effect Essay

Open Document