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Diffusion of Responsibility

The American Bystander

Maura Dickey | Posted 08.21.2016 | Politics
Maura Dickey

I want to be like the man on the subway who told the operator about the woman's seizure, because as soon as he did, people followed suit and offered help. We have the power to choose whether to justify passivity or actively decide to do the right thing, and as a society I believe we ought to break free from our psychological tendency to just stand by.

Point, Click, Save This Woman's Life

Sam Sommers | Posted 06.02.2013 | Impact
Sam Sommers

This is a present-tense story about a person in need of your and my help. There's a match out there for Nalini. Maybe it's you; maybe it's someone you know. It only requires a few moments of your time to find out.

Why Being In A Crowd Make Us Callous

Sam Sommers | Posted 12.21.2011 | Healthy Living
Sam Sommers

When we understand how crowds can make us callous, we know too much to rest comfortably in our own inaction.

The Murder Of Kitty Genovese

Linda Milazzo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Linda Milazzo

If Kitty's murder has prevented Bystander Effect or Diffusion of Responsibility in those who were offended by the human failings that resulted in her death, then she was was a hero.