LAB #9

***[ I just noticed that my lab was saved as a draft so it wasn’t posted on my blog 😦 ]



  1. Why are people afraid to help others?
    Why don’t people go out of their way for the good of others?
  2. Why do we see injustice be done and not act upon it?


What is the bystander effect?

How do we prevent the bystander effect?

What are the causes of the bystander effect?

Why do we feel exposed when we try to help others?

How do we get over the public self-awareness?

How do we make other people empathize more?

How do we gain the courage to do the right thing?

Do we still have humanity in today’s society?


  1. Catherine Genovese killed outside her apartment on the night of her birthday
  2. My aunts at the restaurant ignored a man stealing from a woman’s purse
  3. A homeless getting stabbed for helping a woman being robbed and no one calling the ambulance
  4. Me sitting at the bus paying a woman’s ticket and feeling exposed
  5. Me sitting at the metro and watch other people not being helped



  1. Catherine Genovese killed outside her apartment on the night of her birthday
  2. Me sitting at the metro and watch other people not being helped
  3. My aunts at the restaurant ignored a man stealing from a woman’s purse
  4. Me sitting at the bus paying a woman’s ticket and feeling exposed
  5. A homeless getting stabbed for helping a woman being robbed and no one calling the ambulance




  1. Catherine Genovese’s case.
  2. Humanity…

LAB #11


Being aware of the bystander effect is the first step to preventing it… As social creatures, connecting with people around us is in our nature. Without it, we are  no better than a table. (…) I know what it’s like to be afraid of putting yourself out there. It can be a very cruel world at times. However, the beauty in life is the possibility to feel and to make others feel. Nowadays, we have been so used to being in our bubbles, to being on our phones and to wrap ourselves in our anti-social ways that it prevents us from interacting with one another face to face. We never know when someone is in need… even if it’s as simple holding the door for someone…


As a woman came in with her stroller and a handful of bags, we were forced to squeeze into the metro until we could almost smell each other’s breath. Ugh. Another busy day. As the door finally closed,the woman’s bag got trapped in between. Looking around me, I figured someone will help her. So, I waited. The man next to her kept staring at his watch and annoyingly tapping his foot impatiently. The lady behind kept bickering on her phone waiting for the train to leave. No one helped her, not even me. I watched her wrestle with her bag as her face turned red from embarrassment. She was aware we were watching. Why did no one held the doors? Why did I not help her free her bag?

Opening sentence

Guilt washed over me as  I stood there watching as a woman struggle to free her bag from the doors.

Have you ever had the feeling that something was wrong but never had the guts/courage to do anything about it? That’s exactly how I felt…


Sometimes we don’t acknowledge the needs of others because we are so caught up in our own….

When did we become so afraid of doing something good for others?

When was the last time you did something just for the good of someone else?

If you were in need, would you want someone to help?


LAB 10


Exposition: Metro…

Complication: Bystanders are not helping…Why are people afraid to go out of their way for the good of others?)

Rising Action:

Sub-Argument #1: Diffusion of responsibility (Catherine Genovese)

Sub-Argument #2: pluralistic ignorance …humans can inspire each other to help..(Ex: waiting at a stop light) & public self-awareness

Sub-Argument #3: Collective vs Individualism society differences (2 year old Chinese baby)

Sub-Argument #4: Tips on how to prevent the bystander effect


Climax:  Statistics on bystander effect..(??)

Denouement: I’m more aware now when I am found in a situation where I have the possibility to help others.



  • I was sitting in the metro which was packed with people impatiently waiting to get home
  • A woman struggled to get in with her child in the stroller (many bags hung from her arms)
  • I felt her stress of trying to get in with all her bags
  • The door of the metro closed on her bags
  • I wanted to help but she was out of my reach (my mistake to assume others would act)
  • A man tried to tug her bag free but gave up after a min
  • Everyone watched as the woman fought to get her bag out




My aunt worked at the airport to clean the airplanes. Sometimes they find all sorts of things such as money, bags and electronic devices.
When they weren’t able to track the owner of the objects, they kept it. My aunt found an Iphone and decided to keep it. Until she received a text message from the owner asking it back. She decided to throw it outside instead of handing it back. I thought the right thing to do was to give it to its rightful owner, but I kept my mouth shut. Few days later, I mentioned to my mom about the text message and she did say that agreed that we should give the phone back. Yet, she, herself, didn’t say anything either. Many of us keep things to ourselves because we think other people don’t feel the same way. But in fact, they do. This is the pluralistic ignorance.


LAB #8


Babies are like an egg. Small and fragile.

Bystanders are like cameras: they watch you yet do nothing.

Individuals are like sheeps in a herd.




Empathy is like chickenpox because it’s contagious.

Love is like an airplane because it makes you feel like flying.

Courage is like a stomach because it takes guts.



Bystanders are the itch that you just can’t scratch

Bystanders are ___.They are damaging and yet do nothing.

Bystanders are



Why would someone be afraid to step up and help another? It’s simple to think that maybe if it were an emergency situation, someone would definitely call the police. Yet, somehow around a dozen witnesses heard the [screams and cries] cries for help of Catherine “Kitty” Genovese and no one came to intervene. Most of them thought that other witnesses must have called the police. Some also thought that it was probably just an argument between husband and wife. For those reasons, a young 28-year-old was [attacked twice and died] that night. According to researchers, the phenomenon is known as the “Bystander effect”. This shows that the presence of bystanders prevents one from offering help. It is important to understand the reason behind why we feel discouraged to help others, because only then, we will allow ourselves to try to break that fear for the safety of others.

LAB #1

Part One

Personal anecdotes:

  • a client gets angry hearing me and a coworker speak in English
  • visited a retirement home

Current events:

  • Man- positive with HIV -brought to court for having unprotected sex with Tinder date
  • Mark Zuckerberg introducing new technology VR
  • Quebec terrorist attack

Part Two

  • racism, francisation, education, official languages
  • isolation, loneliness, family
  • sexual consent, medical privacy,
  • Mark Zuckerberg: social standards, virtual reality, technology, interaction
  • Quebec terrorist attack : Islamophobia, terrorism, racism, fear

Part Three

  • How does technology affect our interaction?
  • How does the advancing of new technology change our social standards?
  • Why are people drawn to interact less in real life and more on in social media? How do we change that?
  • Why do Quebecois feel threatened of losing the French language?
  • Does the terrorist attack prove that racism still exist?

Something that really bothers me and I hope that I could change is the number of countries that suffer from corruption and poverty. I have heard so many times friends from Latin america wishing they can change it and even wanting to become president just to put an end to it. What really triggers me is the fact that many of us are aware. We see it all over internet and the news. We might watch those videos and read those newspapers that will make us cry but at the end of the day, people simply move on. They don’t seem to truly care. Why aren’t we doing something to change that? I have spoke to my teacher about this issue, especially what has been happening in Venezuela…how come are we just standing back and watching? Is humanity fading? However, my teacher did say that even though a country is struggling, they wouldn’t want help from other countries such as the States, because they take advantage of those countries. I despise the fact that countries s