The Bystander Effect

Very interesting short video — maybe it seems a little familiar at first — which makes a couple of keen observations about bystander apathy, “the diffusion of responsibility,” and how one person can create a new group (at 2:36 in the clip) and maybe save a life.

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And this one is terrifying, frankly. I had the same reaction as the mother did, at 3:00 in the clip, with tears in my eyes. But then I cry at everything; it’s like a big joke at my house.

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2 comments

  1. Detective/Sergeant Robin Powell says:

    Good afternoon Mr. Preller. I am sending this email to respectfully request permission to use your image on your book “Bystander” in powerpoint presentations I am doing on cyber bullying and bullying. I am in the process of doing assemblies throughout my county on different topics, such as cyber bullying and found your image online and loved it. No fee is charged for my assemblies and it will not be duplicated. Thank you for considering my request and for your the very important message you bring to our families and children. Truly, DSG Robin Powell Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office, New Jersey

  2. jimmy says:

    Detective/Sergeant, my guess is you don’t know many authors. We live for this kind of attention. So, yes, please feel free to talk up my book whenever you’d like. I’m glad that you set BYSTANDER as useful to this important cause. Thank you for your good work.

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