The first part of the presentation will look at research on helping behavior in emergencies, when someone is suddenly in pain or danger. It will focus on how circumstances and personal characteristics lead witnesses or “bystanders” to feel more or less responsible for the welfare of another, and on how everyday social rules can inhibit helping. The second part will provide an analysis of the origins of genocidal violence. It will consider social conditions like difficult life conditions, cultural characteristics like the devaluation of another group, the psychological processes that arise and generate violence, the evolution of increasing violence by perpetrators and the role of bystanders. The third part will describe “positive socialization” of children in the home and in “caring schools” required for the development of valuing others’ welfare and altruistic action, and for the capacity to oppose destructive policies and practices by one’s group.
- Dialogue 59 sessions
- October 4, 1995Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh, India