An Emergency Situation ( Thornberg ) Essay

1311 Words Nov 30th, 2015 null Page
Trivialization refers to the event not being viewed as an emergency situation (Thornberg, 2007), and one of the students attributed his lack of helping behavior to this concept in his claim that the distressed student usually lays on the floor so this was not out of the ordinary for this bystander. In dissociation the bystander is aware that the event is an emergency or distress situation, but dissociates themselves from the individual in distress either because they had nothing to do with causing the distress, or because they do not view themselves as a friend to the individual in distress; this was found to be the case with two of the bystanders. Bystanders viewing the event as an emergency or distress situation, but not wanting to cause further embarrassment are referred to as using embarrassment association. One such bystander in this event used the excuse of not wanting to draw more attention to the current event as a reason for her non-helping behavior, and she also referenced one of Darley and Latané’s (as cited in Plötner, Over, Carpenter, & Tomasello, 2015), five steps in that she did not know how to help. Audience modeling refers to bystanders not helping in the event because others are also not helping the individual in distress. Busy working priority refers to the event as an emergency or distress situation, but because the student was more focused on getting started on their work they opted not to help. Compliance with a competitive norm follows suit, the event…

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