Pluralistic Ignorance

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What is pluralistic ignorance and what is its impact? How does the connected society address it? What could we do with books to address it?

In social psychology, pluralistic ignorance is a situation in which a majority of group members privately reject a norm, but incorrectly assume that most others accept it, and therefore go along with it. This is also described as "no one believes, but everyone thinks that everyone believes."
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If people were more connected, they would be more willing to help others. There are many cases in which lives could have been changed and saved if others had stepped in and helped, however they all just stood by and watched thinking that someone else was better suited to help. An example of this would be Kitty Genovese: Killed as Neighbors Look On.
People just watched as she was murdered.
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We can all write about this and spread awareness to help end this problem. There are many ways people can get their writing out to thousands such as the internet.

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LBark94's picture

Good connections!

Hey I liked the connections you made here with the people just standing by watching someone get murdered. Spreading awareness through our writing is an excellent way to help the problem!
Larissa Barkley

maisyjoe's picture

WOW! The connection you made

WOW! The connection you made with the people just standing by as the woman was murdered is an example of just how scary pluralistic ignorance can be! Great blog with amazing connections.