The Brain Rules All
Some people believe that the phenomenon of diffusion of responsibility stems from purely what you see. For example, a bystander will not help based on the victims race, gender, or age. Although this theory may be true the sub-conscience mind plays a much bigger role in the event of diffusion of responsibility. In the article, Diffusion of Responsibilty: Are sexes more likely to help the same sex or the opposite sex? The Author’s position early on states that men will help in a situation before women do and will think aobut it less. He also said that female victims will be helped sooner. By the end this is how the results came back: “The hypothesis that participants will help the female confederate more than male confederate was not supported by this collection of data,” said Bell. This author disproves his own theory and only further strenthens the fact the mind plays the sub-conscience mind will play the biggest part when deciding to help or not.
Countless studies have been done on diffusion of responsibility all results usually end up in the same boat. A bystander will diffuse responsibility to another before helping in a situation. There are more psychological aspects occurring then physical aspects. The physical aspects would be the a person’s understanding of a victim’s race, age, or gender, before deciding on what they are going to do. Some psychological aspects would be the feeling that you are not responsible for this event and therefore would diffuse the responsibility to others. That would be happening in your mind almost subconsciously. Another factor would be the amount of people around you. When this factor comes into play the bystander is not counting the people then just saying, “oh one of them will handle this.” No a person subconsciously is aware of the amount of people and there responsibility level is lowered by the more people that are present.
The mind controls our body and sometimes the mind will go against your heart and you are not always responsible for this it is just human instinct at work. In the situations where a victim is in need most people will look back on it and say if i had another chance i would have done something, but there mind was telling them not too. Now there are people out there that will only look on the surface of things. These people will not help because they do not want to look foolish. This is no where near the broad consensus and contributing those types of reactions is not why this phenomenon occurs.
The reason why so many studies are done is study how the mind reacts to certain situations. If a person knew that they were being watched at all times then there reactions would be abnormal. Lets say a woman was stealing a man’s backpack, would anyone help in this situation? Most likely no they would not help. You could poll people this question and the majority would say they wouldn’t help. If you ask a group of men the reverse, say a man was stealing a woman’s purse. Almost every man would say they would help. In reality a small number of these men would help. It has been proven in numerous studies. Your mind is generally going to react in your best interest and will delay and let someone else take the responsibility.
Overall the mind plays a much bigger part when it comes to the phenomenon of diffussion of responsibility then the physical characteristics do. The mind really does rule all. When you are in a compromising position your mind can take over.