How to Crush the Bystander Effect

How to Crush the Bystander Effect

There are many aspects to the Bystander Effect:

  • fear of getting it wrong
  • assuming someone else is better equipped to do something
  • fear of being embarrassed
  • assuming someone else will take care of it

These are all common barriers to action.

Heroes often have to break through those mental barriers in order to take action. And sometimes, when they do, others gain the confidence to follow suit.

Watching this video, you can see exactly how to crush the Bystander Effect. One at time, people come to the aid of a trapped motorcyclist, until there are enough of them to save his life.

The next time you see someone in need, just remember there might be others who are just waiting for your lead.

image from Flickr

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9 Responses to How to Crush the Bystander Effect

  1. Building Heroes September 16, 2011 at 8:27 am #

    Just a fantastic example – and call to action! Did you see the survivor’s news conference? Such powerful words for the heroes who saved him.

    • Matt Langdon September 16, 2011 at 8:56 am #

      I didn’t see the press conference. Have you got a llink for it?

  2. Gene September 18, 2011 at 9:43 pm #

    Cool video, but it bothered me that no one seemed to be helping the guy after they pulled him out. It’s like they just left him there by himself. What is the end of that story?

    • Matt Langdon September 19, 2011 at 8:30 am #

      Gene, two firefighters put the fire out and then he was taken care of by paramedics. He is fine – very grateful to his rescuers.

  3. Peter Steeves November 1, 2012 at 9:55 pm #

    Video is gone. :(

    • Matt Langdon November 12, 2012 at 12:42 pm #

      Fixed that – thanks!

  4. Dorian December 17, 2012 at 9:24 am #

    Video is still gone..:(

    • Matt Langdon December 17, 2012 at 12:03 pm #

      Found another one. I wonder why they keep getting deleted…

  5. Danni Brown December 26, 2013 at 9:31 pm #

    I would love to watch this clip, but it comes up as private. I am very interested in your work as I’m currently beginning a research project on Social Work with young people and using the narratives of superheroes to help them. The bystander topic is a also something a fellow youth worker is researching on in relations to bullying. Keep up the good work.

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