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Intervention

Social Behaviors


Pluralistic ignorance
(“maybe it’s just me”) 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 (“follow the crowd”).

False uniqueness
(“odd person out”) assume that the difference between their attitudes and those of others is greater than it actually is (“loner” or “goody two-shoes”). May not participate in various activities and falsely assume that they are more unique than they really are.

False consensus
(“everybody’s with me”) whereby a person tends to overestimate the extent to which their beliefs or opinions are typical of those of others (ringleader).

Bystander Intervention Technique


As a member of the Coast Guard you play a critical role in preventing inappropriate situations from escalating. When you witness unprofessional, unethical, or disrespectful behavior.


Treat people with dignity and respect

Be professional

Recognize an issue and take action:

Direct: Make contact with either the potential victim or potential perpetrator (without risking your safety).

Delegate: Get others involved to intervene (friends, witnesses, command, and supervisors).

Distract: Create a diversion or distraction where the concerned behavior is stopped.

Intervene, Act and be Motivated to be part of cultural transformation!