Assignment 400-600 words
You are on vacation in New York and ready to explore the downtown area. In the morning, you are walking down a very busy street and you see a man lying on the ground, shaking. Do you stop, or do you continue to walk by? You continue to walk down the street, and as you pass by an alley, you see a man and woman yelling loudly at each other. The man calls the woman a name and pushes her hard against a brick wall.
Would you try to help the person in either of these situations? Why or why not?
I would try to help in both situations. My reasoning is that I am naturally a protective and caring person, which is why I joined the military and was a volunteer firefighter for 3 years.
Would you be more likely to stop and help the people in the two situations if you saw other people helping? Why or why not?
Depending on the type of people that were stopping to help I would more then likely stop. If there were emergency services personal stopping to assist then I would continue on my way. If the people already stopping did not look like they knew what they were doing then I would stop and offer my assistance.
What are some of the reasons why a bystander may not help out in these two situations?
Relate this back to the bystander effect. Is there anything that the woman in the second situation could do that would make a bystander more likely to help her? Explain.