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glenister_m's Avatar Jump to comment 9 by glenister_m

Kind of coincidental that this was posted. For some reason I've been thinking about situation-specific behaviours lately, and it kind of relates.

What I mean by situation-specific behaviours is how when you are in certain places, with certain people, you or they might do something which at the time seems silly, just having fun, or acceptable behaviour, but later in retrospect is not acceptable behaviour or even indefensible. Admittedly peer pressure has a part, but I think it has more to do with the 'Hidden Brain".

I like to try to be independent in my thinking and actions, not follow the crowd, and to strive to be the type of person who isn't affected by 'diffusion of responsibility' that allows a woman to be attacked in front of a crowd of onlookers. However thinking back on some incidents at university, I remember witnessing a few events that not only did I not even think of intervening, but even laughed at. They weren't necessarily illegal or dangerous, but if I had been questioned about them I would have been at a loss to explain why I considered them acceptable at the time, and been embarrassed to admit that I didn't intervene and laughed.

At least I can say that in many cases since then, I haven't held my tongue when others have, and stood up against unacceptable behaviour.

Sat, 24 Mar 2012 01:39:18 UTC | #930022