But before got to the birthday I went on the central street where were many

But before got to the birthday i went on the central

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But before got to the birthday I went on the central street where were many people. On myway, I met many people of different age. Usually, I am “too serious” at the street as my friends and relatives say. However, I tried to smile to everyone, and this was very unusual for me. I felt uncomfortable at first, but later, I found that even though some people could not understand the purpose of such behavior of mine, some people smiled me back. It was so pleasant for me, when little school children greeted me while I was approaching them. I noticed that when person acts somehow deviating from injunctive norms, he is perceived differently, and more attention is paidto him. (Cialdini, Kallgren, and Reno (1991), injunctive norms “characterize the perception of what most people approve or disapprove” p. 203).Certainly, this day was different for me. However, people around me have only noticed that I was in a good mood. That is, there was nothing significantly changed in my behavior. I talked to people I tried to be as much tolerant and patient as it was possible. But for me personally, I resolved many inner conflicts during the day. For example, when I was walking, I saw several boys arguing and quarrelling with each other. One of the boys was talking aggressively with another one, and the rest of them were standing around observing what happens after. I decided to intervene to this conflict in order to prevent its expansion. I told the boys that it is not right when several people are “attacking” a single person. They became much calmer and adequate toward that guy, and the conflict did not reach physical violence. I would probably pass them if there were many people, because a bystander effect takes place here. This concept was firstly introduced by Bibb Latane and Jonhn Darey, and it describes social behaviorin emergencies. That is, according to Darley and Latane , an individual is more likely to help when he or she is witnessing a situation alone: “We have found that the mere perception that
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4other people are also witnessing the event will decrease the likelihood that an individual will intervene in an emergency.” (Darley & Latane, 1968). In Mossoviet street I often see old women sitting on the side of the walking part and selling bunches of flowers. People walking by them are usually dissatisfied with the price guessing that 100 soms is too much for a small bouquet. They might be right; some people simply cannot afford to spend their money for flowers. However, when I talked to one of those old women I understood that they sell those flowers not because of the big desire to make business, but because they do not have another way to earn money. On my Day of Compassion, Idecided to buy some flowers. When I saw how happy they were, I also felt very good mood because of the fact that I helped someone today. Later I came to the sister’s home, and started
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