Explanation on Why People Don't Help in a Crisis
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In the article why people don't help in a crisis? Darley and Latane try explaining why people don't try to help in an emergency. Do Darley and Latane really explain all of the reasons that a bystander might have for not intervening in a crisis.

In the article Latane and Darley Explain how there are three factors, which a person must conduct first before they can intervene. First the bystander must notice that something is actually happening. The person must let his distractions and worries that one has and observe that there is something going on. For some people this can sometimes be difficult depending on the distractions, which the bystander might have. Second of all the bystander must then have to interpret that what is happening is an emergency. Acording to darley and Latane this is not always put into consideration by the bystander. For example if you hear someone screaming it doesn't necessarily mean that someone needs help, it can just be a simple boyfriend-girlfriend fight. Last of all the bystander must decide if he has responsibility to help. Just like Latane and Darly said the person is induced to doing what the rest of the crowd does. The bystander while be most likely to help out when he is alone and knowing that he won't be seen by other people. In conclusion what Latane and Darley are trying to say that helping in an emergency presents a great internal conflict in the bystander.

Both Darley and Latane have explained why a person will sometimes not help in a crisis, but have they really done a good job, or have they left out other important factors. One factor, which according to my observations Darley and Latane has left out, is fear. For example in the story of the boy who got stabbed in the subway fear was defenely involved. Here the bystanders did not want to help because they knew that if they did they would probably get hurt. Another reason that Latane and Darley left out


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