My program is Diagnostic Imaging and it consists of taking patients into our care to take x-rays of them in order for Radiologists to treat or diagnose their illness.
My aunt were in a restaurant when they saw a man stealing from a woman’s purse and none of them decided to warn her.
Why are we afraid to stand up for the good of others? Why are we afraid to go out of our way to help others? Why are we afraid to intervene when someone’s in need? Why don’t we have the courage to step up and help someone in need?
My intended audience are the young teenagers that are in a higher social status or who consider themselves to be rich compared to others because, according to the statistics, they are the less willing to intervene.
The purpose of this article is to show people that there is no harm in trying to help someone else even if they might refuse it, because what matters is to try.
This article will be interesting to many because we have all found ourselves in a situation where we have pretended to not see or we act as if we were too busy to help the one in need. We live in a society where we see injustice be done and yet we do not act upon it. Therefore, this can make others realize that by being passive about wrongdoings, it makes us just as guilty as the one doing the crime.
In my program Diagnostic Imaging, our patients is our priority and what’s most important to us is communication and patient care. Therefore, this relates to this article on being able to care for another person and being able to go out of our way to help them when they are in need.
In this article, I will explore the psychological aspect of why many of us are so hesitant to help others when needed. An extreme case that shows the danger of not stand up for others is the case of Kitty Genovese. She was a 28 year old American that was attacked twice in the same night because witnesses failed to alert the police or to intervene. This incident lead to researchers questioning why no one acted sooner. Then, it was discovered the phenomenon known as the “Bystander effect”. The chances for a person to help depends on the number of bystanders there is around. The more there is people around, the less it’s likely for one to help and vice versa. Is it because they’re afraid how others will perceive them or that they assume the others would react? Many examples such as social experiments on the show “What would you do” demonstrate the bystander effect. Whether it is an emergency or non-emergency, no one tends to act if the norm is people ignore it. However, this can be prevented. Simply by being aware of the bystander effect, we can push ourselves to take action without feeling the need to follow what other people do. This article can show that it’s not because everyone does one thing that we should follow.
I’m looking forward to writing about this topic because it is a question I have found myself asking in multiple situation s. I have been inspired to write about this for I enjoy helping others, however many times I feel myself afraid to. What if they don’t want my help? What if I’m interfering in something that is none of my business? Every time I do an act of kindness, I feel my heart beat fast as if I’m nervous. I feel proud but why does it make me feel in some way exposed? Most of the times people ignore or pretend to be too busy instead of helping another person out. It bothers me because what if I was that person in need? I would want someone to step up and help out. On the other hand, I feel also worried about not being able to write enough about this topic because I won’t have enough to say. I feel confused because I don’t know in what direction I am taking this topic. I feel a bit stuck as if I can’t develop it any more specific…
Psychology teacher, Student studying in law, Police officer