Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Missing the main reason
"...Helping out during public emergencies was "more complicated'' than it seemed, lecturer at Auckland University school of psychology Danny Osborne told Fairfax Media.
Studies showed there were five stages to negotiate before people were moved to step in, Osborne said.
The first stage was noticing. Then came interpreting the problem, accepting responsibility for providing help, deciding what to do, and then doing it.
"This was an instance in which people either failed to take responsibility or perhaps they felt responsible but decided not to help," he said.
The larger the audience to a domestic assault, the less likely someone would feel responsible, Osborne said.
In deciding whether to help, people internally evaluated "the pros and cons of interfering".
"Cons might include embarrassing yourself if you find out that the woman didn't require assistance," he said..."
Actually, the main reason for not sticking your nose in is the high probability of a smack in the head. Ask a cop about how many interventions in a domestic end up with both parties attacking you,