Tuesday, August 9, 2011

What would you do?

On Sunday night we took T to have professional photos done, at a photo place in the mall. We were sitting there waiting to go in & I notice a woman go by with twin girls (I love twins, so I noticed). About 5-10 minutes later she walked by the other way & started freaking out. She was hysterical screaming "Oh, no" & "Oh my God" etc... She threw her purse & bag from a store, onto the ground & was drastically looking through the bags. We figured out that she lost something (obvious). I just sat there watching & most other people did too. 1 guy tried to go over to her & see what was wrong, he might have known what happened, but she kind of swatted him away. It kind of made me feel that I didn't want to get involved (I didn't want to be yelled at), but I had the urge to go over there, since everyone was just sitting there watching. Finally a man with a baby on his arm ran over to her & handed her something. She hugged him & said "Thank you so much". We found out after that she had lost her wedding ring. Everyone was like "So that's why she was hysterical". But the whole thing got me thinking about "what if someone was really in trouble or hurt"? Would I just sit there & watch or help or rescue the person? I always thought I would be the type of person to help & not just sit there & watch. I think it depends on the situation.

5 comments:

blueviolet said...

If I was alone, I think I'd be more scared to go over there for fear I wouldn't know what to do, but I hope I would anyhow.

Together We Save said...

I think I would try and help but yes it depends on the situation.

sprinkles said...

In psychology class this past semester, we learned that if you're alone and something happens, you're much more likely to help. If you're with a group of people (even strangers), and no one helps, you aren't likely to help either. But if three or more people try to help, you're more likely to respond. It's called the power of three. The power of three works in other ways too.

I guess what I'm saying is not to feel bad if you didn't do anything. Fortunately, it wasn't a serious situation where the woman was hurt or anything. I'd like to think I'd help but who knows?!

What I Did Today said...

I don't know. Good question. After seeing that guy get his help rejected, I probably wouldn't have. And when people act hysterical without being specific, it's hard to know what your role should be.

Jennifer said...

Well, I suppose it depends on what happened. I'm sure if it was a real emergency (though losing your wedding ring is pretty high up there, huh? ;-)), people probably ask for help or perhaps react in a way that encourages others to help out. I dunno. Tough call. Like you said, who wants to be yelled at when you just want to help?

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