You've Been Watching Too Many Horror Movies

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Because you're freaking out over ordinary things. TV pranksters had a little girl in a nightgown stand in the middle of a hotel hallway. They placed hidden cameras nearby to test people's reactions. When guests step off the elevator, they're shocked at what they see. The best reaction is at 2:00.

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There is a program on ABC called "What would you do?" that creates scenarios and records the reactions. Whether or not they do any creative editing, there is usually a few decent reactions. Some of the scenarios include; A woman physically and verbally abusing a man in public - most bystanders don't get involved, A baby left crying inside a parked car - most bystanders don't get involved, and A disheveled man lying passed-out on the sidewalk - most bystanders don't get involved.

Of course, there are reasons for this in psychology, most of which can be linked to how the individual perceives their own involvement and the embarrassment or ridicule they may garner by helping. Fear seems to be the primary deterrant for helping others. Fear of earning a negative social/self-image.
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Dumb. They show a few people being surprised by something unexpected. I woulda reported a child acting weird to the hotel management, but not run away screaming.
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I was also wondering why no one showed any concern for the little girl.

And also,

Why, if something scares you that bad, do you run TOWARD IT?

Interesting experiment though.
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Reminded me of The Shining. Kubrick is smiling in his grave. ;)

People under 30 grow old to become people over 30.
More to the point probably: I counted 9 scared women and only 1 guy.
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