PS 301 Social Psychology
In the murder case of Kitty Genovese, 38 witnesses took no action to aid the victim despite being physically present and knowing that the murder was being committed. A study conducted in 1964 indentified this phenomenon as Bystander Apathy. Ill be examining the causes of such apathy and how the severity can differ dependent on possible diffusion of responsibility. Also, is our society as a whole willing to sacrifice self-preservation in order to attain social affirmation (Tyrrell, 2009)? Discussing this issue in depth, well see that statistically, people cave in when pressured to conform to the majority (Asch, 1951;1955).
Eleanor Roosevelt said it best:
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