Fallacies and Cognitive Biases: Bystander Effect ~ by Ransom


This article is part of an ongoing series that began with Fallacies and Cognitive Biases.

The above picture is a detail from "50 Cognitive Biases to be aware of so you can be the very best version of you"

"The more other people are around, the less likely we are to help a victim."

As with Groupthink we allow the actions of others to serve as research.  If a bunch of other people are doing nothing, well, they must know more than I do.

Additionally, action & inaction are exposed to asymetrical risks.  If a man does nothing he is one of many.  If he acts he stands or falls alone.

The fear of embarrassment may be a consideration as well.  Group inaction may set a social norm for the setting.