Was a recent scene that sparked interest in China, and not for good reason. A 2 year old toddler was knocked by a van(hit and run), bleeding on the street, and 18 passer-bys actually walked past her when she was bleeding and not help untill a garbage collector saw her and decided to call for help. It got worse when her legs got rolled over again a second time around. She passed away two days ago.
As many of you who read my blog may know, I am currently a PhD student in developmental psychology. Many readers and friends alike have asked me to actually start writing a psychology related blog but I haven't got the time(excuses! I know) and still don't. But after watching and reading about Yue Yue, I'vd decided to come up with my "psychology related posts" from time to time. Tell me your thoughts on it ok?
Psychology 101 begins...... (LOL)
From a psychological perspective, why didn't those bystanders help Yue Yue when she was lying there? My first thought of the reason was the Bystander effect. What is that?
It's when people in general (Yes, Humans which mean anyone of you reading this) do not offer any help when other people are present. The worst part is, that the rate of helping decreases when the amount of people increases because they don't want to assume responsibility if they help which leads to the other psychological term "diffusion of responsibility". Many people think "There's so many people already, I am sure someone will help". The other fact is that people don't think it is important enough because other people are not helping as well.
A woman died on the New York hospital floor for an hour before being found that she was dead even when there were people there
I am not trying to justify for the incident that happened with Yue Yue but so many news channel and newspaper say it's because of the declining morality in China,etc. BUT so many other similar incidents have happened before, many more in other countries such as the USA. Can you imagine that 60 women were stripped and groped in New York Central park by agressive and drunk men and no one helped? OMG!
Here is another scary case of a girl being abducted:
With Yue Yue's case, it was another bystander effect that happened at the cost of a toddler's life. In a way, it's not a case of morality but rather human nature because it has been shown time and time again that people don't help especially when there are tons of people around. What you can do instead of being shocked and saying nasty things about others is to actually HELP when it happens and to educate people about this effect that actually occurs.
And...when it comes time to NOT be involved, these Malaysians do the total opposite....LOL
Hope it helped. I would love emails and comments of what happened and would a "Psychology related series of posts" be helpful?