Many people know the story of Kitty Genovese: in 1964, she was stabbed to death outside of her apartment while 38 tenants of the building watched from their windows. None did anything to intervene because they assumed other people would. In fact, the important details of this story are more fiction than fact -- two people called the police, and one man yelled at the killer to leave Genovese alone -- but even still, the "bystander effect" this story usually illustrates has been shown to be a real phenomenon.
The Bystander Effect Makes You Less Likely To Act When Others Are There
You've probably heard of the bystander effect, the idea that when a lot of people witness something, they don't act because they assume others will. But is it really true?
The Kitty Genovese Story
When Else Does It Happen?
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