Fall/Winter 2006-07 (Volume III, Issue 2)
The Bystander’s Dilemma
This issue takes a provocative look at “the psychology of the bystander”: What is it that induces some people to come to the aid of others in distress, while other people do nothing? Scientists have considered this question for years. Now Greater Good examines the fruits of their research and applies it to contemporary ethical issues concerning education, war, journalism, and more.
From The Editors
But we don’t have to be. Dacher Keltner and Jason Marsh explain why we sometimes shackle our moral instincts, and how we can set them free.
Courage Under Fire (08)By Svetlana Broz | September 1, 2006
When the Bosnian civil war broke out, Svetlana Broz searched for the humanity behind the horrific headlines. She found stories of people who risked their lives to help victims of the war—and who inspired others to follow their example.
Playground Heroes (10)By Ken Rigby, Bruce Johnson | September 1, 2006
Who can stop bullying? Not just parents and teachers, argue Ken Rigby and Bruce Johnson.
To find empathy for the homeless, Marc Ian Barasch put himself in their shoes for a week.
Journalists are bystanders to the world around them, often witnessing people in great distress. When should they put down their cameras and notebooks and help their subjects? Roger Simpson explains when journalists should get involved —and when they shouldn’t.
The Eye of the Storm (15)By Jason Marsh | September 1, 2006
In Hurricane Katrina, photojournalist Ted Jackson did more than take pictures.
Circumstances can force almost anyone to be a bystander to evil, but they can also bring out our own inner hero. Zeno Franco and Philip Zimbardo show how we’re all capable of everyday heroism.
Physician burnout, rushed and impersonal care for patients—this is what's ailing the medical profession today. Some doctors have a prescription for change.
By Daniel Gilbert
Knopf, 2006, 277 pages
The Anatomy of Peace (22)By Jill Suttie | September 1, 2006
By The Arbinger Institute
Berrett-Koehler, 2006, 231 pages
By Nel Noddings
Cambridge University Press, 2006, 319 pages
Are you bad at gratitude, just like Jeremy Adam Smith? He has some lessons for you from people who know how to say "Thanks!"
An interview with best-selling author Daniel Goleman about his new book, Focus.
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Greater Good Resources
- "Gratitude and Prosocial Behavior"
Finds that feeling gratitude produces kind and helpful behavior, even when that behavior is costly to the individual actor.
- "Compassion: An Evolutionary Analysis and Empirical Review"
Compassion evolved as a distinct affective experience whose function is to enable cooperation and protection of those who...
- "From Jerusalem to Jericho"
This article on bystander intervention in emergency situations suggests that we are likely to help a “shabbily dressed”...
- Center for Investigating Healthy Minds
The Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, runs a state-of-the-art neuroscience...
- Northeast Foundation for Children
Northeast Foundation for Children is a non-profit educational organization that offers educators the Responsive Classroom...
- Center for Positive Organizational Scholarship
Based at the University of Michigan Business School, this is a networking community for researchers and practitioners...
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