InS Bystander Intervention

The diffusion of responsibility plays a role. If there are more people, you depend on the people around you to act. If you are alone, you are the only one responsible. For example, if you are in a room with someone else and that someone else faints and falls on the ground. If that was the case, you would possibly help the person or go ask for help. On the other hand, If you were with ten other people in a room and one person faints, you would possibly just not do anything(because you think that the people around you will do it) or you would wait for the others to react, then you help.

Audience Inhibition is when you don’t act normally/overreact. It is also when the person can’t make proper decisions. A good example is if you are on the train and you see this about 60 to 70 year old lady. You want to lend the seat to her, but you think for a moment, “is she younger than I think?” “What if I lend the seat to her and she says no?”. So audience inhibition fear or worry that they will reject you.

Arousal is a personal/physiological response to the conflict that can slow down your heart rate. The greater the arousal, the more chances of people helping.

Cost-reward is if you will get a reward for helping someone. The reward could be an actual reward or it could also be just that you feel good. The “cost” part of cost-reward is if you help someone, will it harm you/will it lead you to danger. If helping will benefit you or not is a big factor of helping

Similarity is another part of arousal. Similarity is something like the empathy of psychology. If you feel like that the person that is in need is similar to you(similar meaning same in age, gender, etc.) you would possibly help that person.

Mood is another important factor of intervening. How you feel and your mood can change your behavior. If you are in a good mood, you would possibly help someone that is in need. But what is you’re in a bad mood. Well people who are in a bad mood don’t usually help people.

Competence and experience is kind of a major factor. This is when you know that helping is what you need to do now because you’ve had the experience of helping. You can react quickly when you know what you are suppose to do.

InS Blog Post #3

Altruism motivation/behavior is when you help someone without expectations of benefit for yourself. On the other hand, egoistic motivation/behavior is when you help someone with expectations of benefit for yourself. For example, if you donate to charity where not many people would know about it, that would be altruism. But if you donate to charity in a way so that everyone would know, that might be egoistic. Egoistic behavior is kind of like a motivation of helping people.

People help people because as I said before, people might want to benefit out of that. People want to feel good.People also might help people because they were taught to. People also help people because they feel empathy. They know how it feels. Empathy can be a big factor of helping people. Also, us humans are suppose to help people in need. Helping is one if the big behaviors of humans. We were born to help people.

I helped a person with a small child(baby) by lending her a seat. I did this because in Japan, you are suppose to lend seats to people who need the seat. Also, I helped my parents by holding what we bought in the supermarket. I did this because they are my parents and I am suppose to help my family. This is in a way altruistic because I can’t benefit out of that and mainly I don’t really care if I benefit out of that or not.