Wednesday, March 6, 2013 10:57:39 AM
Here's my thoughts... what if you run in and kick the attacker in the head and then afterwards find out that the guy he was strangling just molested his 5 year old kid? I call the cops and let them do their job.
Wednesday, March 6, 2013 9:37:55 AM
Four things that people automatically do in these situations.. 1) realize there is a situation 2) correctly interpret the situation (is someone in need of help 3) access if you have the skill to help 4) make a conscious decision to help
*same social psychology class as paperduck - it's called the bystander effect
Wednesday, March 6, 2013 8:00:00 AM
Lukeforv there were studies done on this. Basically, the more people around the less likely someone steps in because it concluded everyone is hoping someone else will do something. In situations where there is 1 or 2 witnesses, like this elevator scene, the likelihood of someone stepping in is greater because they immediately know they are the only ones that can help. It's a human tendency humans need to be aware of and overcome in the situation you experienced.