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: Witnessing Helping Behavior
She was hurt and bleeding in the MRT – then a kind stranger defied the bystander effect to help - The Pride
She was once on the train when she saw a girl in a different compartment faint. When no one – not even those in the girl’s immediate vicinity – helped the girl, she decided she could no longer remain a... She was once on the train when she saw a girl in a different compartment faint.
In addition to the ADVANCEGeo Partnership's bystander intervention workshops, this page contains a compilation of common training programs on bystander intervention and other strategies to address harassment, sexual violence, and bias. Bystander intervention training Hollaback!
Schools remain dangerous for LGBT youth in Vietnam
Le Minh Triet attempted suicide when he was a seventh-grader, right after coming home from school. For days, he had been bullied by other students. Sometimes it was name calling. Sometimes he was beaten, had soft drinks thrown at him, and locked inside a room for hours. "When they beat me, they insulted my parents names for having a gay son," he said.
Kitty Genovese - Article from history.com
The Kitty Genovese murder in Queens, New York, in 1964 is one of the most famous murder cases to come out of New York City and into the national spotlight. What propelled it wasn’t the crime or the investigation, but the press coverage that alleged the murder had many witnesses who refused to come to the Kitty Genovese’s defense. This has been disproved over time, but not before it became part of the accepted lore of the crime. Kitty Genovese was returning from work home at around 2:30 a.m. on March 13, 1964, when she was approached by a man with a knife. Genovese ran toward her apartment building front door, and the man grabbed her and stabbed her while she screamed.
Alan Berkowitz, Ph.D.
In these clips I share stories of myself as a bystander and how I responded, along with advice for intervening successfully. "I was taught to confront bad behavior pretty aggressively. (Call someone out.)
Reducing the Bystander Effect
As discussed, there are a number of factors that magnify the Bystander Effect. Fortunately, there are also a number of factors that weaken it. Once again, factors can be divided into characteristics of the situation, and of the people. Situational characteristics Dangers of the incident The perceived danger of intervening in a critical situation has the greatest influence in reducing the Bystander Effect.
Shop owner struggling to restrain rowdy man, while onlookers gathered
SINGAPORE - Diagnosed with a heart problem, Mr Haja Bahurdeen normally avoids strenuous physical activity. But an incident yesterday forced the 59-year-old shop owner into a 20-minute struggle to restrain a rowdy young man before the police arrived. Mr Bahurdeen and his son-in-law, Mr Haroon Rasheed, 36, operate Goodwill Electronics, a computer repair store at Upper Dickson Road in Little India which occupies two adjacent units. The incident began when a man in his 30s stumbled into the store at around noon and started creating a ruckus.
My colleague was harassed by a male passenger on the MRT and nobody helped. Here's what I'd have done. - The Pride
What would you do if you were a female passenger on the MRT and a male passenger started harassing you? A lovely, young female colleague of mine had that frightening experience last week. While watching a movie on her smartphone... What would you do if you were a female passenger on the MRT and a male passenger started harassing you? A lovely, young female colleague of mine had that frightening experience last week. While watching a movie on her smartphone in a somewhat empty train cabin, a guy in his 30s who was sitting two seats away from her – with an empty seat separating them – reached out his hand and brushed her upper arm.
The murder of "Kitty" Genovese that led to the Bystander Effect & the 911 system
Catherine “Kitty” Genovese was a 28-year-old woman who was brutally murdered outside of her Queens apartment in New York City on March 13, 1964. Genovese’s attack lasted around 30 minutes as she was stabbed 14 times by a man named Winston Moseley. It was originally reported that there were 38 bystanders who turned their back on Genovese’s early morning cries for help, shutting their doors to silence her screams. Although that judgment was later proven to be inaccurate, the murder was considered the driving force behind our emergency 911 system today and the discovery of the term that so many psychologists are still researching: “The Bystander Effect.” It was around 3 o’clock in the morning when Genovese arrived home from managing a local bar where she worked.
An article explaining on the overcoming of the bystander effect. by rosmarianirusli Sep 20