How to Break the Bystander Effect
They could have left it to someone else. An Army veteran blocked a shooter in Oregon from entering his classroom. Three friends on a high-speed train from Paris to Amsterdam helped stop a gunman wielding an AK-47. This past spring, an Army captain in North Carolina pulled a couple to safety after a fiery car crash. Were these men instinctively courageous, or had they learned to be? The Army captain (aptly wearing a Captain America T-shirt) credited his military training for knowing what to do and remaining calm. These heroes are dramatic examples. And this conundrum is not limited to thwarting terrorism or physically saving someone. But we often look the other way, like the priest and Levite in the Good Samaritan parable. The Bystander Effect The bystander effect is a phenomenon that occurs when individuals witness someone in trouble, but don’t offer help. Causes of the Bystander Effect Fear and Uncertainty: Sometimes, it’s not easy to tell if intervention is needed. We seek guidance.
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