They were not sure of their ability to help while people were standing around them. This is better known as the bystander effect (Cherry, 2010). When I think of sociologist, I know springs from peoples thoughts at that time. From a sociologist point of view the crowd was letting society shape. People were standing back and disconnecting themselves from the situation and allowing it to manifest; more like the strong will survive. They felt that it was so many people standing by that they allowed an event to occur that they wouldnt allow to occur if they were alone.
Their relationship with the victim was less important than what they were currently thinking or feeling. Often people need explicit instruction as to what is expected from them when in a social emergency such as this (Small, 2010). From one stand point, a personality psychologist may feel the neighbors mindset was not one of a compassionate person. Their thoughts and feelings may be of a selfish person or one that lacked courage. A personality psychologist may also feel that they acted based on the actions of those around them. Another theory is that they were passive due to being exposed to this often.
They could have also been afraid that their attempt at rescue would be inadequate and therefore do nothing (Cherry, 2010). References Cherry, Kendra (2010) About. com: What is bystander effect? Accessed May 5th, 2010 from Web at http://psychology. about. com/od/socialpsychology/a/bystandereffect. htm Small, Albion, W. (2010) Broku: University of Chicago. Accessed May 5th, 2010 from Web at http://www. brocku. ca/MeadProject/Small/Small_1897b. html Cherry, Kendra (2010) About. com: Personality Psychology. Accessed May 5th, 2010 from Web at http://psychology. about. com/od/socialpsychology/a/bystandereffect. htm