19 January 2012 @ 10:57 pm
Deception Twenty Three: Excuse Me, Our Teacher is a Monster
A new day and a new class. Johan walks up to the board with a smile on his face.]
Hello class. My name is Johan Liebert. I'll be your Psychology teacher from now on.
Today, we'll be studying something called. The Bystander effect.
[Goes to write notes on the board.]
For those of you who don't know. The Bystander effect. Also called, the Genovese syndrome. It's a social psychological phenomenon that refers to cases where people do not offer any means of help in an emergency situation to the victim when other people are present. An example would be, walking by when you hear someone calling for help from the ground, simply because there are other people in the surrounding area.
The probability of help has in the past been thought to be inversely related to the number of bystanders. In other words, the greater the number of bystanders, the less likely it is that any of them will help. The mere presence of other bystanders greatly decreases intervention. This happens because as the number of bystanders increases, any given bystander is less likely to interpret the incident as a problem, and less likely to assume responsibility for taking action.
So the more people there are there, the less anyone will do anything. Because they expect someone else to do it. This "not my problem", "someone else will handle it" is one of humanity's more... unpleasant of traits. But one that needs to be addressed all the same.
I want you to write me a report on this idea. What do you think this effect means for the nature of humanity itself?
[836: Hastings/ Home
Johan is inside looking around.]
Anna? Are you here?