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Why we still look away: Kitty Genovese, James Bulger and the bystander effect

Why we still look away: Kitty Genovese, James Bulger and the bystander effect
More than half a century later, the death of Kitty Genovese continues to remind us of the disconnect between what we believe about ourselves and how we really act under pressure. The murder of the 28-year-old outside her apartment in the Queens neighborhood of Kew Gardens in the early morning of 13 March 1964 rippled through New York City and around the world. How could a young, independent woman who lived on her own terms be so easily struck down? How could so many neighbors look on and turn away as she was stabbed repeatedly on the street and in her apartment building? What did that collective inability to act reveal about ourselves, our communities, and our belief systems? Genovese’s killer, Winston Moseley, died in prison this week, bringing the case and its implications back into the spotlight. Two weeks after her murder, Rosenthal assigned a story with the damning headline: “Thirty-Seven Who Saw Murder Didn’t Call Police.” Take the story of Hugo Alfredo Tale-Yax.

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How to Overcome the Bystander Effect Psychologists have long been interested in exactly why and when we help other people. There has also been a tremendous amount of interest in the reasons why we sometimes don't help others. The bystander effect is a social phenomenon that occurs when people fail to help those in need due to the presence of other people. In many cases, people feel that since there are other people around, surely someone else will leap into action.1 While the bystander effect can have a negative impact on prosocial behavior, altruism and heroism, researchers have identified a number of different factors that can help people overcome this tendency and increase the likelihood that they will engage in helping behaviors.2 Some of these include:

What the Kitty Genovese Killing Can Teach Today’s Digital Bystanders As Retro Report notes, two social psychologists in New York, John M. Darley and Bibb Latané, conducted experiments that led them to posit that Ms. Genovese might have survived had there been fewer witnesses. Numbers can inhibit action, they concluded. “You think that if there are many people who are witness to something that other people certainly already have done something — why should it be me?” Dr. The Bystander Effect and Altruism Learning Objectives Explain the factors that influence human altruism, including reciprocal altruism and diffusion of responsibility. Go to YouTube and search for episodes of “Primetime: What Would You Do?” You will find video segments in which apparently innocent individuals are victimized, while onlookers typically fail to intervene.

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5 Effective Tips to Overcome the Bystander Effect Do you know about the bystander effect? It's a social dynamic that affects almost everyone when an observed conflict is either ignored or worse, reinforced by the failure to act by those observing. An example of this would be a number of people in a park observing a man trying to take a woman's purse, yet doing nothing to report the crime or to deter the criminal by drawing attention to their actions. The sad fact is that most of us are vulnerable to this condition of non-action; but fortunately, there are things you can do to negate or minimize the impact.

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