n. a tendency for people not to get involved or not to offer help in a social situation. Often misunderstood as apathy and selfishness, it is more of a misinterpretation of the lack of response in other people as well. Thinking that help is not needed, it results in diffusion and confusion of responsibility.

BYSTANDER EFFECT: "The bystander effect is actually a result of cognitive and social processes combined together. "