Saturday, September 13, 2008
How to avoid the "Bystander Effect"
Have you ever wondered what would happen if you were attacked in broad daylight in front of multiple witnesses? I know I have thought what would happen to you if I attacked you in broad daylight in front of multiple witnesses..
Here is what is likely to happen.
You'll get attacked and no one will help.
People are more likely to get involved if they are the only one witnessing a crime however if there is a large group the "Someone else can help" takes over. The end result is no one will help you. Not even me. I'll point and laugh.
If you are being attacked and you can see people around you single one person out. Yell "HEY YOU IN THE BLUE SHIRT CALL 911!"
It forces them, by embarrassment of inaction, to leap into action and help. It can also be an important motivator for others within earshot as they are now forced to help you fend off your attacker. Try not to insult the witness as that may not result in help and may even cause them to join in on the attack "Hey FATSTUFF in the blue shirt dial 911 FUCKO!" Would be an ineffective plea.
Remember this the next time you are in a shopping mall, Truck Stop, Strip Joint or prison-yard... Wherever you hang out.
It can help you survive the attack.
Posted by Gavin Elster at 5:47 AM